An 18 year old Syrian man was arrested in The Hague on Monday on suspicion of participation in a terrorist organization, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday. The man arrived in the Netherlands in October and applied for asylum. He was living in an asylum shelter in Zaandam.
Asylum seekers who commit a crime may soon face a tougher approach from Dutch authorities. State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice wants to decrease the severity of sentences that result in a refugee's asylum request being denied or residency permit being revoked.
A majority in parliament is demanding improvement in the screenings of asylum seekers. According to them, there is currently no clarity on who is entering the country.
Dozens of the 175 refugees who arrived in The Hague on Wednesday, spent the night outside in protest against the poor conditions at the shelter in the former Social Affairs building. The protest expanded on Thursday morning, and there are currently about 70 asylum seekers on the reservation of the Schenkkade
me 40 people have been arrested in connection with human trafficking since the mobile surveillance checks were intensified in mid-September, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice announced on Monday. He believes that the intensified surveillance is paying off.
Oranje resident Hilda van der Heide has filed charges against the police officer who pulled her away from Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff's car during a protest against asylum seekers in the Drenthe village in October.
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.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service should be strengthened and expanded in order to be able to deal with the ever increasing number of refugees arriving in the Netherlands.
On Monday State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff sent a letter to the refugees in the Netherlands in which he explains that the asylum process will take longer and that they will have to spend more time living in asylum centers. The Association of Dutch Municipalities thinks it's great that the State Secretary sent the letter, but finds that more clarity is needed.
After major unrest from the 140-strong citizens of the village of Oranje in Medden-Drenthe last week, it has been decided that the village will reduce its number of asylum seeker to 700. A meeting last week that sparked the unrest raised the issue of introducing an additional 700 asylum seekers to the village, pushing that number to 1400.
A number of Rijswijk city councilors have received threatening letter after the council agreed with the arrival of an asylum center in the municipality last week. Both Rijswjk mayor Michiel Bezuijen and Prime Minister Mark Rutte called this "totally unacceptable". The Prime Minister went as far as to describe the incidents as bizarre, appalling and reprehensible.
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.
Hackers are increasingly targeting the Netherlands and cybercrime and digital espionage remain the biggest threats to the digital security in the country. This is greatly influenced by geopolitical developments, such as international conflicts and political sensitivities.
“Countires that do not take back failed asylum seekers should be dealt with harshly” are the sentiments of Justice Secretary Dijkhoff when he spoke to European leaders in Luxemburg on Thursday regarding the maintenance of relations amung European nations, reported NOS. The Justice Secretary has called on economic sanctions against countries who withdraw their aid from the current refugee crisis.
MP’s from the Tweede Kamer, Lower House of Dutch Parliament, were warned via email about the potential dangers they may face when discussing issues related to asylum in public, according to AD. They were instructed to consult with security experts whenever scheduling an event regarding the topic.
Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur was upset by the behaviour of villagers in Oranje, Drenthe who blocked Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff's car, and tried to prevent buses of refugees from entering the town. Dijkhoff was in the town of 140 people Tuesday night to discuss plans to double the number of asylum seekers there from 700 to 1,400.
Angry residents of the small Drench village, Orange, tried to block the departing car of Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff. Dijkhoff had just ended a closed door, town hall meeting with residents about the upcoming arrival of 700 asylum seekers, broadcaster NOS reported.
It is expected that as many as 43,000 asylum seekers will have a residency permit status allowing them to qualify for social housing in the Netherlands. The prediction comes from a brief prepared by Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff that he gave to BNR, the broadcaster reported.
Members of Parliament in the Tweede Kamer, the lower House of Dutch Parliament, have appealed to their colleagues in the upper house to quickly address the issue of age limits for marriages abroad with regard to their recognition in the Netherlands. The issue grew in urgency in the Netherlands as reports surfaced about child brides as young as 13 being among a group of potential asylum seekers wanting refuge in the northern European nation.
A group of around 20 underage Syrian girls are on their way to the main refugee reception facility in Ter Apel to join with the husbands of their arranged marriages, according to broadcaster RTV Noord. At the Tweede Kamer, the Lower House of Dutch Parliament, members of parliament are not happy about the report, which said two of the girls are aged 13 or 14, and a 15 year old in the group wants to join her 38-year-old husband.
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.
Housing corporations are planning unorthodox measures to provide housing to tens of thousands of refugees with a residency permit in the coming months. State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff agrees that unorthodox measures are needed to find homes for refugees.
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.