The Netherlands should immediately stop deporting asylum seeker families with young children to Afghanistan, according to UNICEF and Defense for Children in their annual report. According to the organizations, Afghanistan is becoming more dangerous by the day and the Netherlands is taking unacceptable risks by sending children back there, AD reports.
During the first months of this year the Netherlands deported 23 Somali pirates, according to figures the Ministry of Security and Justice's Repatriation and Departure Service released on Monday, AD reports.
Four underage boys were arrested in Groningen on Sunday just before two demonstrations in the city - one by anti-Islam movement Pegida and a counter protest by Groningen Tolerant. According to the police, they boys were arrested for being in the possession of fireworks and brass knuckles and not being able to identify themselves, GIC reports.
A few hours after the protests, the police said that the arrested boys seemed to have no connection to the Pegida demonstration.
From today the Dutch police can track suspects using facial recognition - faces of suspects, from surveillance camera footage for example, can now be compared with a large database filled with photos of people with criminal records, NOS reports.
A man was seriously injured in a stabbing on Joan Muyskenweg in Amsterdam Oost on Thursday night. The stabbing happened near a building used as a shelter for failed asylum seekers, according to RTV Noord-Holland.
A police spokesperson told the broadcaster that the victim is a 22-year-old man from Almelo. A 24-year-old woman was arrested. She is staying in the building, according to the spokesperson.
The victim was rushed to the hospital with injuries to his neck. He underwent surgery.
A group of failed asylum seekers known under the name We Are Here is squatting in another Amsterdam building. The group of about 30 failed asylum seekers tookup residence in an office building on Reigersbos in Zuidoost, the group announced on Facebook.
Before moving into this building, the people were living in buildings on Rijswijkstraat. They come from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan, according to Het Parool. They've been put out on the street by the municipality of Amsterdam about 20 times, according to them.
Amsterdam regrets that no agreement was reached between the government and municipalities regarding the shelter of failed asylum seekers, but the city does not see this as a reason to stop offering them shelter, a spokesperson for mayor Eberhard van der Laan said to Het Parool.
Discussions between the government and municipalities on shelter and provisions for failed asylum seekers and other undocumented migrants failed. No agreement could be reached, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice announced on Monday, NU.nl reports.
The home of the director of the Repatriation and Departure Service in The Hague was vandalized during the course of Thursday night. An activist group called 'Sloop de deportatiemachine', or Scrap the deportation machine in English, took responsibility for the act
Mayor Jos Heijmans of Weert admitted to helping a Syrian family hide from their deportation during a public commission meeting this week
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.
A group of about 40 activists blocked the entrance to the grounds where a camp for failed asylum seekers is being constructed on Thursday morning. The group calls Camp Zeist a "family prison".
Both the Central Appeals Court and the Council of State are ruling on cases involving the so-called bed, bath and bread arrangement - limited provisions and shelter for failed asylum seekers and undocumented migrants
Failed asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in Dutch detention centers are still sent to solitary confinement for punishment relatively often, even after former Justice State Secretary Fred Teeven promised to reduce the number of such punishments. This year 75 percent of measures imposed in such centers involved a trip to solitary confinement.
VVD State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice wants to increase the percentage of failed asylum seekers leaving the Netherlands by using stricter conversation techniques. At this stage less than half of the failed asylum seekers actually leave the country.
Refugees' group We Are Here has occupied a former office building near Sloterdijk in Amsterdam, the group announced on their Facebook page. A group of failed asylum seekers moved into the building on Sunday afternoon.
There is room for improvement in the deportation of failed asylum seekers in the Netherlands, according to the National Ombudsman. He finds that in general much is being done to ensure that deportation happens carefully, but medical care and the sharing of personal information can definitely improve.
Many failed asylum seekers stay in the Netherlands because the government has little success in convincing their home countries to take them back.
A group of failed asylum seekers will be leaving the so-called "Vluchtgebouw" in Amsterdam at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, action group We Are Here announced. The asylum seekers have been squatting in the building since August.
The Cabinet has to work harder on improving human rights in the Netherlands, especially in the areas of failed asylum seekers, disabled people and women in the Caribbean, a new report from the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights assessed. The institute's third annual Human Rights in Netherlands report was released on Tuesday.
The VVD does not exclude the possibility of making changes to the failed asylum seekers plan, NOS writes after the Mayors' dissatisfied response to the plan and parliamentary debate. Government is still negotiating about the implementations of the agreements with municipalities.
The Dutch government plans to make additional investments in refugees' home countries to help these countries take back their refugees. This only applies to nations who assist in the sustainable return of their citizens.
According to UN Rapporteur Philip Alston, the bed-bath-and-bread compromise made by coalition is in violation of international rules and harms the international image of the Netherlands. "It is clearly a violation of human rights. Anyone who doubts that is being dishonest." the human rights rapporteur said.