Prime Minister Mark Rutte and PvdA leader Diederik Samsom came up with a plan to force the leading group of EU countries into a solution for the refugee crisis. Starting this spring, they want to take all asylum seekers who arrive in Greece via Turkey and send them back on a returning ferry.
It is absolutely crucial to considerably stem the flow of asylum seekers, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in the press conference following the first meeting for the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, NOS reports. "There is no time to lose."
Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants to impose financial penalty on the Eastern European EU member states which are frustrating the equal redistribution of asylum seekers across the European Union
D66 Euro Parliamentarian Sophie in t' Veld calls the deadlock in Europe over the redistribution and shelter of 160 thousand refugees "embarrassing". She is calling for another summit on the refugee crisis before the week is over.
Nearly a third of Dutch residents believe that the Netherlands should close the borders for all forms of immigration, including workers from other European countries. Almost half of the Dutch population believe that the refugees will have a negative effect on the Dutch economy.
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.
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.
PVV leader Geert Wilders' anti-refugee, anti-Islam comments have caused many ruffled feathers in the refugee debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Thursday.
The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers in the Netherlands, the COA, will need 10 thousand extra shelter spaces before the end of this year, in order to be able to deal with the ever increasing number of refugees fleeing to the country.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be receiving the parliamentary chairman of Belgium and Luxembourg, Siegfried Bracke and Mars Di Bartolomeo, on Monday.
The European Commission wants to distribute 40 thousand asylum seekers that are currently in Italy and Greece across the other European Union countries. The Netherlands will have to take in 1,740 of these asylum seekers.