Over 1,600 children disappeared from asylum centers in the Netherlands over the past 4.5 years, NRC reports based on figures from the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA and Nidos, the organization that has custody of all unaccompanied foreign minors in the Netherlands. These kids left the asylum centers and their current whereabouts are unknown, the newspaper writes.
A man and woman were arrested in Spain last week in connection with a large international investigation into child trafficking and exploitation. The investigation was launched in Amsterdam last year when the Dutch police noticed that kids were being used for pickpocketing, shoplifting and thefts in the city, the police announced on Wednesday.
The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers in the Netherlands COA is advising minor Eritrean girls not to attend church services at the Eritrean Orthodox Church in Rotterdam after the organization received numerous signals of young women being abused in the community around the church
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.
The Council of State agrees with State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice) that undocumented immigrants who wish to qualify for the children's pardon have to actively participate in remaining on the radar of foreigner institutions.