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
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch Parliaments, supports the idea of separate shelter for threatened LGBT asylum seekers, parliamentarians from ruling parties PvdA and VVD said in Nieuwsuur on Monday night.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers have a right to a safe environment and in extreme cases a threatened LGBT asylum seeker should be relocated to another asylum center, Nijmegen mayor Hubert Burls said after many criticisms on how asylum seekers are treated in the Heumensoord tent camp and reports on routine harassment of LGBT people
Mayors Hubert Bruls of Nijmegen and Paul Mengde of Heumen sat down with three asylum seekers living in asylum camp Heumensoord for a discussion on the situation in the camp on Monday. The mayors also think that the asylum procedure is taking too long,
Criticism from the National Ombudsman and Board for the Protection of Human Rights on the conditions in large asylum centers such as the Heumensoord camp in Nijmegen, has many calling for smaller-scale shelters. But according to Marlou Schrover, professor of migration history at Leiden University, small asylum centers come with their own set of problems and are not a realistic option.
Hundreds of asylum seekers are expected to march from the Heumensoord asylum camp to the Nijmegen town hall on Monday to express their discontent about conditions in the tent camp
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
At least two of the LGBT asylum seekers being harassed in the Heumensoord asylum camp in Nijmegen, are now also being threatened with death, the interest group for gay people COC Nijmegen announced on Monday.
Gay asylum seekers are routinely harassed in the Heumensoord asylum camp in Nijmegen, gay interest group COC said to De Gelderlander. According to the group, the gay men's beds get soaked or smeared with food and excrement and their clothes are routinely stolen or set on fire.
The first day of school on Monday for more than 500 child asylum seekers living in the Heumensoord emergency shelter camp was a success, a spokesperson for the Nijmegen municipality said
Monday is the first day of school for 565 kids living in the asylum seeker camp Heumensoord in Nijmegen. For many of them it is the first day of school in months, for some even in years. Kids in other emergency shelters are still waiting, Dutch newspaper AD reports.
Some one hundred asylum seekers protested in Nijmegen on Thursday against the poor living conditions in the Heumensoord tent camp shelter
A cooking event at a nursing home in Nijmegen for refugees living in the Heumensoord emergency shelter, was cancelled after online threats and pressure from the Gelderland PVV. According to a spokesperson for the organizers of the event, such a fuss arose around the event that they had little choice but to cancel it
Radboud University in Nijmegen is starting a series of lectures for university educated asylum seekers currently living in the tent camp on Heumensoord. The lectures will start at the end of this month.
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.
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.
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”.
Nijmegen Mayor Hubert Bruls is calling on the government to deploy the army to assist the police in the collection and guidance of asylum seekers and to provide support with the protection of reception centers.
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.