An increasing number of asylum seekers are leaving the Netherlands voluntarily because they are discouraged by the Dutch asylum procedure, according the International Organization for Migration, the nongovernmental organizations that helps migrants with their voluntary return. "Under the current high influx of asylum seekers, there are many who choose for voluntary return relatively soon after arrival", a spokesperson said to the Volkskrant. "They get discouraged because it takes a long time to gain asylum and to have their family come over."
Thirty year old Iraqi asylum seeker Hussein Ali Abdel Amer hung himself in the asylum shelter in Alphen aan den Rijn on Saturday while talking on the phone with his wife, who is still in Iraq with his children. The long waiting time before getting clarity about his refugee status and his incapability to return to his family were too much for him
The first asylum seekers in the European Union refugee redistribution plan are heading from Italy towards the Netherlands. The group of 50 Eritreans will arrive in the Netherlands on two flights
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice apologized to forensic scientist George Maat on Thursday. Maat was discredited after giving a lecture showing images of flight MH17 victims. The Minister also acknowledged mistakes he made in this conflict to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament
State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff is amending the scheme which gives foreign investors a residency permit for the Netherlands if they invest at least 1.25 million euros into Dutch companies. According to him, very few investors made use of the scheme since its implementation in 2013 and he wants to make it more attractive, the Ministry of Security and Justice announced .
The Dutch government plans to implement stricter rules for dealing with asylum seekers convicted of a crime next month. The biggest change Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff has planned, is refusal or retraction of a residency permit if an asylum seeker is sentenced to six to 10 months in prison
Mitch Henriquez' family want an independent investigation into his death in police custody. The 42 year old Aruban man passed away last year after a police officer used a chokehold on him during his arrest.
The Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice updated their "guide" on euthanasia to give people suffering from severe dementia the option of euthanasia, even if they are unable to express the wish themselves. This is only possible if the patient wrote a declaration with his wish for euthanasia while he was still clearheaded
The long drawn-out asylum procedure before asylum seekers find out whether they qualify for refugee status and a residency permit, put them at a disadvantage and threatens to turn them into an impoverished underclass dominated by unemployment and crime, warn the Justice Ministry's Research and Documentation center, the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau and the Scientific Council for Government Policy
George Maat, the forensic scientist who ended up in the spotlight after a controversial lecture using footage of the MH17 disaster, copied the police report on his lecture with a pencil and a note pad and published it on the Leiden university website Mare. "Now everyone can read the pieces and draw their own conclusions", he said. He believes the report exonerates him.
The Netherlands is too lax in dealing with puppy mills, according to Flemish Minister of Animal Welfare Ben Weyts. The Flemish are concerned that, despite them tightening the rules on puppy trade, neglected and unhealthy puppies still enter their market through Brabant traders
The victim who was shot by the now stabbed to death 82 year old Elbert G., is suing the Ministry of Security and Justice for compensation, as he can no longer claim it from the murdered culprit
Erik Akerboom, senior official at the Ministry of Defense, is the preferred candidate for the new Chief of the National Police. The selection committee, consisting of representatives from the police and the Ministry of Security and Justice, consider him the best candidate. The police's central works council discussed the matter with him this week and came to an agreement for his appointment
Hilda van der Heide, the woman who broke her arm when a police officer pulled her away from Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff's car during a protest against asylum seekers in the Drenthe town of Oranje, is annoyed by the response she got from the State Secretary.
All victims of crimes will be guaranteed compensation from the Dutch government from January 1st, 2016. If the perpetrator is late in paying compensation ordered by the court, or refuses to do so, the government will pay the compensation to the victim and claim it back from the perpetrator
After months of police protests and demonstrations, the police unions and the Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice finally reached a new collective bargaining agreement. Police employees will get between 6.5 and 6.7 percent increase in total over 2015, 2016 and 2017 and two windfalls of 500 euros, union ACP announced.
The police arrested 14 people in Geldermalsen on Wednesday night after the debate about a possible asylum center in the Gelderland town turned to riots. Protesters tried to storm the town hall where the municipal council were discussing taking in 1,500 asylum seekers.
The Dutch cabinet will be limping into the final 1.5 years of this term. While almost the entire opposition supported a motion of censure against the cabinet during the parliamentary debate about the so-called Teeven-deal on Wednesday, they managed to survive the vote, thoroughly chastised but alive.
"The Cabinet accepts the conclusion of the investigative committee." The deal then-prosecutor Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2000 can not pass muster, Minister Ard van der Steur confirms in his answers on 250 parliamentary questions about the deal
The 21 Zimbabwean Kuda Matungamire will be allowed to stay in the Netherlands for the time being. Law firm Prakken d'Oliveire was able to stop his deportation and he was not forced to get onto a plane back to his home country on Tuesday afternoon, De Gooi- en Eemlander reports.
"It is a legal reprieve through a preliminary injunction. But the lawyer sees opportunities to start a new case", Ernst Reijseger, activist for the Facebook page Kuda moet bliljven, said to the newspaper.
The municipality of Hilversum is making a last effort to stop the deportation of a Zimbabwean man named Kuda. Politicians are calling on Security & Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff to change his mind about the 21 year old.
The total number of asylum requests the Netherlands received in 2015 reached 54 thousand in November, the Ministry of Security and Justice announced
The Rotterdam faction of the PvdA asked the mayor and aldermen to offer safe shelter to 10 LGBT asylum seekers currently living in the emergency shelter in Alphen aan den Rijn. On Friday these 10 asylum seekers started a hunger strike because they are systematically threatened, abused and even assaulted by other refugees because of their sexual orientation
Amsterdam decided to give lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees shelter separate from the other asylum seekers following a number of threats and other incidents, Het Parool reported on Friday.