State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice was faced with riots during a visit to a asylum camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday. Asylum seekers threw stones while shouting "freedom" and "open borders"
A growing number of parliamentarians are pushing for drastic measures to reduce the number of asylum seekers entering the Netherlands and Europe. A majority now believes that the current asylum influx is over taxing the "support" from society and the government should start considering drastic and unorthodox measures to stop it
GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver thinks that safe and legal routes for asylum seekers to Europe are urgently needed. This will prevent asylum seekers feeling compelled to make the crossing in perilous boats. And in the meantime Europe can prepare for their arrival in a more organized manner, he said at a meeting in Utrecht on Tuesday
According to Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, the Netherlands' plan to ship asylum seekers arriving in Greece back to Turkey on a returning ferry is "illegal". The European Union does not participate in "pushing back" asylum seekers
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.