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 situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Russia has deteriorated so much that the Netherlands how considers them a "risk group". For this reason the Netherlands has made it easier for Russian homosexuals to find asylum here.
The Amstelveen D66 wants the mayor and aldermen to investigate the possibility of housing refugees in the numerous empty office buildings in the area. The party also wants to remove obstacles standing in the way of private initiatives to do so.
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.
The current stream of incoming refugees is so great that Ter Apel, the reporting point for every asylum applicant that enters the Netherlands, is drowning under refugees. The central agency for asylum seekers COA thinks that the asylum seekers should be better distributed over the Netherlands and is considering opening a second reporting point to absorb a portion of the inflow.
The number of asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands keeps increasing and State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice does not see this changing in the foreseeable future. Currently about 1,700 asylum seekers arrive in the Netherlands per week. The Cabinet has taken a number of measures to deal with this influx.
The expected "flood of refugees" in Hoek van Holland has not happened yet, according to State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice.
Traffickers that smuggle Syrian refugees into Europe make use of a "smuggling folder" to inform the refugees on the various countries in which they may get asylum, including benefits, housing situations and the chances of getting a residency permit. In this folder, the Netherlands is described as the promise land
The Netherlands will soon begin with preparing shelter for a total of more than 2 thousand extra refugees coming from Italy and Greece. he two southern European countries are dealing with a massive influx of refugees and need relief. The first of these refugees may arrive in the Netherlands in September.
State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice has to clarify his policy on testing the credibility of asylum seekers who have fled their home countries because they are gay, according to the Council of State.
Many failed asylum seekers stay in the Netherlands because the government has little success in convincing their home countries to take them back.
A South African asylum seeker committed suicide in the Rotterdam Detention Center on Monday morning.
The Netherlands is willing to take in more refugees, but only if other European Union Member States do so too.
The family reunification process for asylum seekers' family members who were left behind in dangerous countries is too slow, according to VluchtelingenWerk Nederland and the refugee families.
The Netherlands earmarked spent 868 million euros on services for roughly 24,000 asylum seekers last year, according to figures Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff provided to anti-Islam party PVV. The party leader, Geert Wilders, blasted the amount, saying it translates to roughly 36 thousand euros per asylum seeker.
Transporters are refusing to drive to England. According to them, the increasing flow of refugees trying to reach England by truck via Calais has made the situation too dangerous, the Telegraaf reports.
The Cabinet is generally positive about many aspects of the European Commission's plan for asylum seekers, but still have some questions they want answered.
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.
The left-wing PvdA and right-wing VVD are near a deal on undocumented asylum seekers trying to remain in the Netherlands. The two parties form the ruling coalition, and are expected to finalize an agreement as early as Wednesday night.
VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra compared failed asylum seekers to organized crime boss Willem Holleeder after the crisis meeting on what to do about failed asylum seekers at the Ministry of Social Affairs on Monday, NU reports.
The Netherlands has breached the European Union rules on the reception of asylum seekers, such as access for food, clothing and shelter, for undocumented adults, the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) states. A Council of Europe human rights committee must now decide whether or not it will take action against the Netherlands based on the harshly critical ECSR report, unless conditions of asylum seekers quickly improve.
A special program provided by the Netherlands Forensics Institute (NFI) and funded by the Ministry of Security and Justice will train forensic doctors to more efficiently recognize signs of child abuse, reports the government. Secretary for Security and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff officially launched the program on Wednesday morning in the town of Riel.
King Willem-Alexander will formally swear in the new Minister and State Secretary of Security and Justice on Friday evening. The jobs will be filled by ruling VVD Members of Parliament Ard van der Steur, 45, and Klaas Dijkhoff, 34.
Pieter Cloo has decided to step down as Secretary General of the Ministry of Security and Justice. Cloo made this decision in order to give the new Minister and State Secretary of Security and Justice the opportunity to make a new start after the resignation of Minister Ivo Opstelten and State Secretary Fred Teeven.