A suspicious package found at an asylum reception center on Friday turned out to be a false alarm. Graffiti with anti-refugee messages has shown up on other asylum facilities around the Netherlands.
“Countires that do not take back failed asylum seekers should be dealt with harshly” are the sentiments of Justice Secretary Dijkhoff when he spoke to European leaders in Luxemburg on Thursday regarding the maintenance of relations amung European nations, reported NOS. The Justice Secretary has called on economic sanctions against countries who withdraw their aid from the current refugee crisis.
Former asylum seeker Kiza Magendane is fed up with the anti-Islam PVV party's attacks on refugees and has launched his own registry for complaints about the PVV and its vociferous leader, Geert Wilders. The hotline was launched in response to a similar service announced by Wilders Wednesday for the public to complain about “nuisance” caused by asylum seekers.
Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur was upset by the behaviour of villagers in Oranje, Drenthe who blocked Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff's car, and tried to prevent buses of refugees from entering the town. Dijkhoff was in the town of 140 people Tuesday night to discuss plans to double the number of asylum seekers there from 700 to 1,400.
The call for volunteers by the Red Cross in mid-September to aid with refugees across the Netherlands has been heard and answered by more than 20 thousand people. At that time, the Red Cross had access to 6,500 volunteers for assisting in asylum seeker-related issues, but now the total is over 27 thousand.
Senate has pushed for an amendment to the bill regulating the recognition of foreign marriages to young girls in the Netherlands as a priority this past Tuesday. The new law not only regulates the prevention of child brides from abroad, it also aims to limit marriages between first cousins.
Angry residents of the small Drench village, Orange, tried to block the departing car of Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff. Dijkhoff had just ended a closed door, town hall meeting with residents about the upcoming arrival of 700 asylum seekers, broadcaster NOS reported.
Anti-Islam PVV party leader Geert Wilders said his party is setting up a website and email address specifically to collect complaints from local residents regarding allegations of "nuisance" caused by asylum seekers, reported the party’s website. The party claims this is due to increased violence in and amongst refugee centers across the Netherlands.
It is expected that as many as 43,000 asylum seekers will have a residency permit status allowing them to qualify for social housing in the Netherlands. The prediction comes from a brief prepared by Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff that he gave to BNR, the broadcaster reported.
VNL party leader Bram Moszkowicz is calling for the government to implement programs were asylum seekers have to perform manual labour in exchange for being granted refugee status. Moszkowicz, the disbarred former attorney of anti-Islamist Geert Wilders, suggested work programs for refugees like a park, ditch and garden cleaning service, reported AD.
Protestors in favor of refugee rights were met with angry vitriol from supporters of the anti-Islam, anti-refugee politician Geert Wilders on Saturday. The PVV party leader was in Almere handing out flyers against an expansion of a refugee center in the Flevoland city.
The anti-refugee PVV party has, over the past week, climbed more than three seats now sitting on 33 in the weekly Maurice de Hond poll, as the party continues to gain popularity. Party president Geert Wilders has distributed flyers calling against the extension of Almere’s refugee centre and especially against the tsunami of refugees from Islamic countries that is threatening the Netherlands.
The Netherlands must take urgent action to make sure that refugees in the country do not dramatically increase the unemployment rate in the nation, said Harry van de Kraats, director of employers' association AWVN. This group could wind up as long-term unemployed if the country does not help refugees quickly find work, he said in an interview with BNR.
Emergency centers for refugees should start offering short, intensive Dutch language lessons to asylum seekers, said Amsterdam D66 party chairman Jan Paternotte. Speaking at city council today, Paternotte told his colleagues that they must inspire area residents to step up and help.
Members of Parliament in the Tweede Kamer, the lower House of Dutch Parliament, have appealed to their colleagues in the upper house to quickly address the issue of age limits for marriages abroad with regard to their recognition in the Netherlands. The issue grew in urgency in the Netherlands as reports surfaced about child brides as young as 13 being among a group of potential asylum seekers wanting refuge in the northern European nation.
If a general election were held this week in the Netherlands, anti-Islam and anti-refugee party PVV would sit atop all others with 30 seats in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. That would mark a doubling of their current contingency, at the expense of the ruling right-left coalition of the VVD and PvdA (Labour) parties, Dutch pollster Maurice de Hond revealed this week.
A group of around 20 underage Syrian girls are on their way to the main refugee reception facility in Ter Apel to join with the husbands of their arranged marriages, according to broadcaster RTV Noord. At the Tweede Kamer, the Lower House of Dutch Parliament, members of parliament are not happy about the report, which said two of the girls are aged 13 or 14, and a 15 year old in the group wants to join her 38-year-old husband.
Campaigners over the weekend slandered the proposed intake of refugees with defamatory banners and slogans at railways stations in the cities of Montfoort and Woerden. The incident saw banners with the words like, ‘No refugees’ and ‘f**k off to your own country’ plastered over railway station windows and walls. Woerden Mayor Victor Molkenboer finds these actions deplorable.
Three men requesting asylum in Almere are suspected in the assaults of as many as five women in the Flevoland city. One of the cases involves an 18-year-old woman attacked overnight at a taxi stand by the men, believed to be residents of the asylum reception center there, according to Almere Nieuws.
Two people were injured and two men were arrested after two brawls erupted in the early hours of Friday morning at an asylum reception center in the Overberg village of Utrecht. First reports of the fighting between the two groups came in at about 12:30am, then again two hours later.
Dutch security services remain concerned by elements of an ultra-conservative orthodoxical Salafist movement in the Netherlands, the AIVD announced Thursday. Despite this, the agency along with counter-terrorism office NCTV said it saw no evidence of ISIS operatives using refugee status to sneak into the Netherlands and wreak havoc.
The Netherlands’ economic contribution for development cooperation has been labelled an embarrassment by Oxfam Novib according to a calculation done by the organization. The calculation has revealed that the Netherlands is no longer meeting the UN’s spending target, 0.7 percent of the country’s GDP, for poverty reduction, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday.
On a trip to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said Europe must come to terms with the financial cost of the refugee crisis, and that the countries must agree on each nation making a fair monetary contribution to address the situation. Europe’s leaders are to meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss progress in handling the refugee crisis.
A former Amsterdam jail on Havenstraat will open up its doors to 400 refugees becoming the city's fourth reception center for asylum seekers. The former prison was used last year as a gathering place for a group of refugees that have relocated from one squatted building to another in Amsterdam