Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers

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Sep 21 '17 15:30

The Dutch government is trying to find shelter for 25 Sint Maarten residents. They flew to the Netherlands and asked for help after Hurricane Irma destroyed their homes, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Jul 13 '17 16:40

Two residents of a villa district in Den Helder decided to stop plans for an asylum center housing 16 young asylum seekers on their street by buying the property involved themselves. The villa cost over 500 thousand euros, AD reports.

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Jul 11 '17 08:23

Problem causing asylum seekers who will be placed in a special shelter in Amsterdam from the fall, will not be allowed outside the shelter terrain after 10:00 p.m. at night. The COA announced this and other stricter measures for the special shelter at a residents meeting on Monday night, NU.nl reports. 

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Jul 4 '17 07:38

Amsterdam agreed to open the Netherlands' first separate center for problem causing asylum seekers. The central organization for the reception of asylum seekers, COA, hopes to have this center open and ready for residents by the fall, the Amsterdam mayor and aldermen informed the city council by letter, AD reports.

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Apr 6 '17 16:05

The asylum centers in the Netherlands are increasingly empty, the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA said on Thursday. The COA is currently housing some 24 thousand people, while there is place for a total of 45 thousand people, AD reports.

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Nov 28 '16 14:45

The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA is cutting 1,300 of its total 4 thousand jobs, the Ministry of Security and Justice announced on Monday. This mostly affects people who are working for the COA on a temporary contracts, NU.nl reports

The COA needs to cut jobs due to the decrease in the number of asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Over the past years the number of COA employees were increased to deal with an influx, but that is no longer necessary. The people who have to leave were already informed.

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Sep 8 '16 08:01

The plans for more than half of new asylum centers in the Netherlands may be cancelled, NOS reports after surveying the Dutch municipalities that had asylum centers planned. The reason for this is the massive decrease in the number of asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands.

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Jul 28 '16 10:10

In a massive turnaround from the desperate search for asylum centers last year, the COA is now actually closing a number of emergency shelters. The biggest rush of asylum seekers seems to be over for now, COA chairman Gerard Bakker said

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Jul 11 '16 11:30

From next month almost all asylum centers in the Netherlands will have a counselor to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living their. These counselors will start on August 1st, the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA said to the Volkskrant.

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May 9 '16 14:50

Many municipalities in the Netherlands spent way more on providing emergency shelter for asylum seekers than they received in compensation from the COA, the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers. Though a small number of municipalities actually managed to spend less than the compensation and have money left over, according to a study done by Reporter Radio

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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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Apr 27 '16 09:16

Utrecht is the first city in the Netherlands to start integrating asylum seekers into society from their first day in the city. The city wants to put an end to the current practice of asylum applicants being moved about and integration starting late. "When you arrive in Utrecht, you stay in Utrecht", GroenLinks alderman Kees Diepeveen said to the Volkskrant. "This creates peace. For school-age children, being dragged around is very dramatic."

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Apr 13 '16 10:11

The Netherlands' central agency for asylum seekers COA spent 800 million euros last year to supply the thousands of asylum seekers in the country with a place to sleep, a place to wash and something to eat, the Telegraaf reports based on the COA's financial statements.

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Mar 9 '16 09:23

The Heumensoord asylum camp in Nijmegen is closing early in May. All of the about 3 thousand people living in the largest asylum center in the Netherlands need to be moved elsewhere by May 2nd, the COA announced on Tuesday

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Feb 29 '16 08:23

Government agencies in the Netherlands are working on the expectation that nearly 100 thousand new asylum seekers will arrive in the country this year, despite Prime Minister Mark Rutte's insistence that at most 58 thousand asylum seekers are expected in 2016, NRC reports based on their own research.

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Feb 26 '16 10:34

The Ministry of Security and Justice acknowledges that emergency shelters are not ideal, especially for child asylum seekers. But the central organization for the reception of asylum seekers COA is constantly working on improvements, a spokesperson for the Ministry said

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Feb 25 '16 12:07

Empty buildings of bankrupt retailer V&D and other empty stores may be used to house asylum seekers should the need arise. The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA is seriously considering the possibility

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Feb 24 '16 10:44

The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA is open to discuss smaller asylum centers, as two Brabant mayors requested on Monday.

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Feb 10 '16 07:34

In the future asylum seekers should not be sheltered in a large tent camp such as the Heumensoord camp in Nijmegen, according to the Board for the protection of Human Rights and the National Ombudsman. The massive tent camp with nearly 3 thousand residents has too little privacy, meaningful activities and living expenses, which is harmful to the asylum seekers health and safety, the two institutions concluded in a report following a visit to the camp

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Jan 29 '16 14:25

The Court in The Hague found Nutren Albayrak, former CEO of the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA, guilty of forgery and sentenced her to 140 hours of community service

Jan 28 '16 08:22

Numerous members of the Hilversum city council received threats because they support taking in asylum seekers in the municipality, including Hilversum Mayor Pieter Broertjes

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Jan 26 '16 08:54

Amsterdam is taking the lead in teaching asylum seekers about gay and women's rights. The municipality does not want to wait any longer and called in professional parties to help with this education. "We expect to start in two weeks", Simone Kukenheim, alderman for Education and Diversity, said

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Jan 25 '16 08:09

The Ministry of Education is launching an initiative in which all asylum seekers in all asylum centers in the Netherlands will be taught about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. The same information material that is used in schools will also be used for this

King Willem-Alexander at an asylum center
Jan 20 '16 11:01

King Willem-Alexander paid a visit to the asylum center in Ter Apel with State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff and the manager of the COA, the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers, on Tuesday

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