Ministry of Security and Justice

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Oct 20 '15 10:10

Tourists and other foreigners will remain banned from coffee shops in Maastricht. New mayor Annemarie Penn-te Strake does not want to return to the previous situation, in which the city had many problems caused by drug tourists.

Oct 14 '15 14:02

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.

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Oct 14 '15 10:44

The vast majority of the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, is demanding that the cabinet increases the budget for Security and Justice.

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Oct 14 '15 10:17

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.

Oct 14 '15 09:28

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.

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Oct 12 '15 14:13

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.

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Sep 22 '15 10:01

Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice will be meeting with forensic pathologist George Maat on Wednesday. Maat was fired from the MH17 forensic investigation team after a controversial lecture in which he showed photos of the MH17 victims.

Sep 22 '15 08:46

The Netherlands is refusing to take in some prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for the time being. The United States is "very disappointed" in the Netherlands decision, especially since most other European countries have agreed to take in some prisoners.

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Sep 18 '15 13:31

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.

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Sep 18 '15 10:49

The Fraud Helpdesk has issued a warning about a new trend in debit card fraud - emails sent to consumers asking them to send in expired debit cards.

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Sep 16 '15 08:23

Thousands of police officers will be blocking the entrances of a number of ministries in the Hague on Wednesday in another protest for a better collective bargaining agreement.

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Sep 15 '15 09:59

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff denies reports that an agreement was reached regarding the redistribution of all 160 thousand refugees across European Union States.

Sep 14 '15 16:07

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.

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Sep 14 '15 15:16

If Europe does not come up with a structural solution for the ever increasing number of refugees, the Netherlands should intensify the border controls.

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Sep 14 '15 14:54

Turkey is refusing to cooperate in the investigation into suspicions of pedophile activities of former Secretary General of the Ministry of Security and Justice Joris Demmink. It is believed that the 67 year old Demmink raped two minor boys in Turkey in the 90's.

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Sep 14 '15 10:35

On Monday State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice has the difficult task of convincing the European Union to follow the Netherlands' plan for investing in asylum shelters near crisis areas in an effort to stop the inflow of refugees to Europe. He will attempt to do this during the European meeting in Brussels on the redistribution of 160 thousand asylum seekers.

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Sep 14 '15 09:45

The safety of the Dutch society and police officers themselves will be put in danger if any further cuts are made to the National Police. More cutbacks will make a number of police activities impossible to perform.

Sep 11 '15 16:14

The Netherlands is back among the economic leaders in Europe, but we must stay sober. The better figures does not mean that everyone in the Netherlands is profiting. Unrest abroad also has consequences for the Netherlands. The Netherlands has to prepare for the arrival of more refugees. Keep track. The plan for next year is that employment, purchasing power and growth reach more people.

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Sep 11 '15 10:11

Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice will stick to his plan surrounding the reorganization to the National Police, despite upset and concerns in the Tweede Kamer. He is convinced that the transformation will run better now that it has two extra years and and extra money to do so.

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Sep 10 '15 14:22

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.

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Sep 8 '15 11:13

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.

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Sep 8 '15 08:38

Thousands of people who received a residency permit in the Netherlands after the general amnesty in 2007, lied about their identities. This was often done so that they can qualify for the amnesty, for example, because only a certain age group fell under the amnesty.

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Sep 7 '15 16:16

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.

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Sep 3 '15 10:05

The terrorist threat level in the Netherlands is "at the top of the range" of substantial threat, and nearing critical level, according to Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice. This is because of "what happened with the Thalys and some other things". Belgium has placed extra security at the Dutch embassy in Brussels, as well as at the embassies of other countries part of the coalition fighting against terrorist organization Islamic State.

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