There are serious flaws in Europe's policy in admitting asylum seekers and it is the police forces that suffer from it, according to the European Police Union (EPU). Police forces in the Netherlands, Balkans and Germany are understaffed and ill-equipped to process and screen the large number of asylum seekers flowing through the EU, the union concludes in a survey of police officers
D66 Euro Parliamentarian Sophie in t' Veld calls the deadlock in Europe over the redistribution and shelter of 160 thousand refugees "embarrassing". She is calling for another summit on the refugee crisis before the week is over.
State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff denies reports that an agreement was reached regarding the redistribution of all 160 thousand refugees across European Union States.
The Netherlands will not be closing its borders for the time being, but the marechaussee will be performing extra controls in the border regions to monitor whether more refugees are entering the country. The Marechaussee is a policing agency operating as a branch of the military.
If Europe does not come up with a structural solution for the ever increasing number of refugees, the Netherlands should intensify the border controls.
More than a thousand people gathered in Amsterdam on Sunday to demonstrate for a more generous European policy. The demonstration started early in the afternoon on Dam square, followed by a march through the city.
The Dutch government's plan to radically change the European asylum policy has gotten a chilly reception in the European Commission. VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra defended the plan in the parliamentary refugee debate with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff on Thursday. The opposition parties in the Tweede Kamer are very critical.
The VVD's plan to abolish the European asylum policy and close the Netherlands' boarders to refugees, has caused some strife with coalition partner PvdA. The PvdA knows about the plan, but is not willing to cooperate in its implementation, NOS reports. PvdA Parliamentarian Attje Kuiken called the plan "unrealistic and unacceptable".