An information evening held Monday night in Kaatsheuvel about the emergency refugee shelter in holiday resort Droomgaard was relatively calm even as protesters made their voices heard. Residents are upset about the uncertainty and lack of clarity surrounding when the asylum seekers will arrive and how long they will stay. They are also concerned that the refugees will bring disturbances and problems with them
Amstelveen agreed to take in a maximum of 400 asylum seekers in the municipality. The refugees will be housed in an emergency shelter which will be set up in the empty office building Laan van Kronenburg 2. The first refugees are expected to arrive in February 2016
Thousands of refugee children in the Netherlands have little access to childcare and education. They also often have to move from one shelter to another more than once. All of these factors have a negative impact on their development.
The asylum seekers who protested against the poor living conditions in the emergency shelter in The Hague on Thursday, have been relocated to another location outside the city.
More than half of the Brabant municipalities are not sheltering any refugees, because they feel they have no space. The central agency for the reception of refugees in the Netherlands, the COA, calls this nonsense.
Two gay Iraqi men had to flee the emergency refugee shelter in Apeldoorn on Thursday night when they were attacked by fellow asylum seekers. The attack happened after a Nieuwsuur broadcast on the same night in which one of the men talked about gay discrimination he has encountered in the asylum center.
A second part of the Heumensoord refugee tent camp in Nijmegen is as good as done, which means that the COA will soon be moving another about 500 refugees to the emergency shelter.
An information evening in Rotterdam about plans to open an asylum center in the neighborhood Beverwaard on Thursday night, ended with three people arrested for throwing stones at police officers and destroying squad cars.
Tent camps are not safe places for refugees to stay during the winter months, according Neptunus, one of the leading tent manufacturers in the Netherlands. The company calls it irresponsible to have refugees sleeping in tents, especially with the risk of storms and snowfall.
Rijssen-Holten Mayor Arco Hofland is being threatened with death because of plans to open an emergency refugee shelter in the municipality. The threats were made in a letter that was sent to RTV Oost.
The total number of refugees seeking asylum in the Netherlands this year is expected to reach between 50 thousand and 60 thousand. Over the past few weeks, the number of asylum applications fluctuated between 2,400 and 4,200 per week.
Roughly 100 Syrian asylum seekers from the Heumensoord camp in Nijmegen have revolted in the streets on Tuesday against the living conditions that they find themselves in. The asylum seekers demanded improvement, waving homemade banners scripted, “We live in open air, our children in danger and risk the biting cold”.
The Dutch Police Union NPB is concerned about increasing violence among asylum seekers as police forces are having to bolster their efforts to maintain peace around refugee reception centres, the union told newspaper AD. They advocate splitting up refugees into groups based on religion, and perhaps also nationality or ethnicity to help calm the situation down.
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.
Roughly 4,200 new refugees were registered in the Netherlands last week, according to figures released by the Minister of Security and Justice, Klaas Dijkhoff, following a meeting with cabinet members. This influx of refugees could be attributed to the refusal of Eastern European countries to participate in the mandatory redistribution of refugees in Europe as well as Minister Dijkhoffs’ decision not to re-introduce border controls.
Over the past decade Dutch municipalities with people with low incomes have taken in more than three times as many refugees than municipalities with wealthy residents.
The National Police and marechaussee, a police force that works as a branch of the military, have established a new team to help with the increasing number of refugees in the Netherlands.
The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers, the COA, plans to put down a tent camp that can accommodate 3 thousand refugees on Heumensoord, in Nijmegen - the spot where the four-day marches camp is usually located.
Many Dutch municipalities are hastily arranging emergency shelter for refugees. The first 200 asylum seekers moved into the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht on Tuesday night. Other buildings transformed into emergency shelters include the barracks in Weert and the domed prison in Haarlem.
On Monday State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice has the difficult task of convincing the European Union to follow the Netherlands' plan for investing in asylum shelters near crisis areas in an effort to stop the inflow of refugees to Europe. He will attempt to do this during the European meeting in Brussels on the redistribution of 160 thousand asylum seekers.
The Prince Willem-Alexander barracks in Gouda will soon be turned into an asylum center. Earlier this year there were plans to use the building for a large mosque, but these plans were eventually rejected by the city council.
The Salvation Army is now also helping with coordinating all relief operations for refugees in the Netherlands, focusing on the collection, sorting and distribution of clothing - something that is sorely needed, according to a spokesperson.
The Dutch central agency for the reception of asylum seekers, the COA, has received so many donations of toys, clothes and food over the past few days that they are drowning in it at some locations. The agency is therefore asking citizens to stop spontaneous collections for refugees. The donations are heartening, according to the agency, but would be better if it was coordinated.
More and more Dutch people are opening their hearts to refugees and offering help where they can. The central agency for asylum seekers in the Netherlands, the COA, have so many volunteers reporting that they can hardly keep up.