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Jun 15 '16 12:12

The Gelderland town of Geldermalsen will not get any form of asylum center, the town council letter. According to the council, after anti-asylum center riots in the town last year, opening an asylum center is "unwise"

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Jun 13 '16 12:45

The Etten-Leur police arrested 11 underage boys on Sunday for brawling in an asylum shelter. The boys, aged 15 to 17 years and mostly from Syria and Eritrea, are suspected of public violence

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Jun 10 '16 10:57

The deployment of Dutch troops abroad has the ruling coalition at odds. The VVD wants to send Dutch troops to Libya, but the PvdA wants to extend the mission in Mali

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Jun 7 '16 10:04

Members of a sleeping cell of terrorist organization Islamic State were living in an "asylum camp in Nijmegen", a jihadist who turned himself in said to the French police, NRC reports.

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Jun 6 '16 08:33

About 80 percent of PvdA leaders want to relax the rules around the children's pardon to give more child asylum seekers a chance on a residency permit for he Netherlands, was revealed at a party meeting inNieuwegein. But the party leadership is refusing, Trouw reports.

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Jun 1 '16 14:25

A majority in Dutch parliament wants more money to be made available to give asylum children language lessons for two years, instead of the current one year

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May 24 '16 15:00

Dutch companies in Turkey are also considering Syrian refugees when looking to fill vacancies, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade announced. Currently there are 240 vacancies that are open to refugees. "That is beautiful"

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May 24 '16 08:17

More Dutch are choosing to stay in the Netherlands for their summer vacation, according to a survey done by the Dutch board of tourism and conventions NBTC-NIPO

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May 19 '16 08:00

Early this year the police re-screened all 58 thousand asylum seekers who arrived in the Netherlands in 2015. All names were again checked for possible "hits" in the police's terrorism database and no extra information emerged, according to a letter from the Ministry of Security and Justice

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May 16 '16 09:25

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice is worried about an impending shortage of space in asylum centers. While the inflow of asylum seekers is slowing down, much space is still needed, he wrote in a letter to Parliament

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May 13 '16 13:15

Amsterdam residents have mixed feelings about the municipality and COA's plan to turn the Bijlmerbajes prison complex into a temporary asylum center.

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May 13 '16 10:55

Mayor Jos Heijmans of Weert admitted to helping a Syrian family hide from their deportation during a public commission meeting this week

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May 13 '16 10:29

The Netherlands and Germany are clashing about the fate of 900 asylum seekers. The Netherlands wants to send these asylum seekers back to Germany, because that is where they were first registered. But Germany is refusing to take them

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May 12 '16 16:00

The Bijlmerbajes prison complex in Amsterdam will temporarily be used as an asylum center. From August the complex will house a thousand asylum seekers for up to one year

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May 12 '16 08:31

The asylum agreement between Turkey and the European Union seems to be bearing its first fruits. Since the agreement took effect last month, only 101 Syrians submitted their first application for asylum in the Netherlands - a much lower number than the 5,249 Syrian applications received at the peak in October last year

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May 10 '16 07:30

GroenLinks and the PvdA want more attention paid to the interest of child asylum seekers in the asylum process. They believe that the interest of a child should outweigh the Netherlands' stance on the asylum process and plan to submit a legislative proposal to ensure this by the summer

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May 9 '16 13:50

Migration had only a small effect on the Netherlands population between 2000 and 2015. In this period 72 percent of population growth in the Netherlands could be attributed to natural increase - the number of births minus the number of deaths. The Dutch population grew by 6.5 percent, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday.

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May 4 '16 14:20

Turkey almost complies to all requirements for visa free travel within the European Union, the European Commission announced on Wednesday. According to EU Commissioner and vice-president Frans Timmermans, the country "has made impressive progress, particularly in recent weeks"

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May 4 '16 13:20

The National Committee for 4 and 5 May this year invited all asylum seekers to take part in Remembrance Day memorials and Liberation Day celebrations. For the first time the COA asked the Committee to involve asylum seekers in these two days, so that they can become used to Dutch traditions

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May 4 '16 08:40

Nearly 40 percent of failed asylum seeker deportations were cancelled at the last moment last year - a 10 percent increase compared to 2013, NRC reports based on figures received from the Ministry of Security and Justice.

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May 3 '16 09:11

Officials working at the Immigration and Naturalization Service will soon be trained in a basic course on Islam. Among other things, they will be trained on how to tell the difference between a religious Muslim and an extremist

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Apr 29 '16 10:50

Dutch public broadcasters launched a website this week where asylum seekers, immigrants and expatriates can watch Dutch programs subtitled in English and Arabic. The video-on-demand service - called Net in Nederland or New to the Netherlands in English - is intended to help newcomers get used to Dutch society

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Apr 29 '16 09:14

The Dutch government is making 500 million euros available for the integration of asylum seekers who are given refugee status and allowed to stay in the Netherlands, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and chairman of the Association of Dutch Municipalities Jan van Zanen announced on Thursday

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Apr 28 '16 14:48

The Dutch government is giving municipalities 700 million euros extra this year and next year for asylum seeker integration. The money is intended to be used for education, language lessons and care for asylum seekers

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