A former Amsterdam jail on Havenstraat will open up its doors to 400 refugees becoming the city's fourth reception center for asylum seekers. The former prison was used last year as a gathering place for a group of refugees that have relocated from one squatted building to another in Amsterdam
Roughly 4,200 new refugees were registered in the Netherlands last week, according to figures released by the Minister of Security and Justice, Klaas Dijkhoff, following a meeting with cabinet members. This influx of refugees could be attributed to the refusal of Eastern European countries to participate in the mandatory redistribution of refugees in Europe as well as Minister Dijkhoffs’ decision not to re-introduce border controls.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is convinced that Iran can make a large contribution to solutions for the conflicts in Syria and other countries in the region. He said this on Sunday in the Iranian capital Tehran, where he is meeting with his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, among others.
Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert expects that the government will soon make a decision on whether the Netherlands will extend its participation in the fight against Islamic State to Syria.
Journalist Harald Doornbos managed to get his hands on a genuine Syrian passport displaying a photo of Prime Minister Mark Rutte. All it took was one phone call and a 40 hour wait. "All you need is the telephone number of one of the many passport forgers and converted 750 euros."
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.
The government may soon decide to extend Dutch bombarding missions against terrorist organization Islamic State to Syria, according to PvdA leader Diederik Samsom.
The Dutch government's defense expenditure decreased by 191 millions euro to 7.4 billion euros last year. Investments in new military weapons showed a particularly strong decrease. The biggest expenses - wages and social contributions - remained the same.
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.
A narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, has thrown its support behind the Netherlands extending its bombing attacks on Islamic States to also include Syria. At this stage the Netherlands is only participating in airstrikes against the terrorist organization in Iraq.
The key witness in the massive terrorism trial currently ongoing in the high-security court in Amsterdam, has withdrawn his statement. He now claims that he completely fabricated the statement.
One of the largest terrorism trials ever in the Netherlands starts in the court in Amsterdam on Monday. A total of 10 suspects are facing charges of, among other things, participation in a terrorist organization, recruitment and conspiracy to commit terrorist offenses.
The Air Force sergeant who is believed to have joined ISIS may have sensitive information on ongoing military missions, as well as personal information on his colleagues currently involved in the the fight against the terrorist organization.
The Ministry of Defense has reason to believe that an actively serving soldier - a 26 year old sergeant at the Royal Air Force - has left for Syria to join terrorist organization Islamic State.
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.
CDA leader Sybrand Buma's idea of sending troops into Syria and creating safe havens for refugees is getting some support from ruling party VVD, though other parties are less than enthusiastic.
An average of about five Dutch people manage to leave the Netherlands to join the battle zone in Syria and Iraq every month, despite efforts by the Dutch authorities to prevent it.
CDA faction leader Sybrand Buma thinks that the Netherlands should be intervening in Syria too, instead of only in Iraq. He wants to deploy Dutch troops to Syria to protect refugees and bring order. He also thinks that the establishment of safe havens in Syria, Iraq and Libya, where soldiers under the banner of the United Nations or the European Union can protect refugees a viable option.
The government is making 58.5 million euros available to help victims of conflict in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a spokesperson for Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation confirmed to the Volkskrant on Friday. According to the Minister, crisis in the Middle East region has reached unprecedented levels.
Another eight suspected Dutch jihadists have been added to the national terrorist watch list, bringing the total number of people and organizations on this list up to 40. These eight people ware believed to be involved in terrorist activities in Syria and Iraq, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday.
A Dutch jihadist fighting under the battle name Abu Muhammad al-Hollandi was killed in Aleppo Syria, according to several tweets from jihadist Twitter accounts.
Nearly 70 percent of adult Somalians living in the Netherlands are on welfare benefits. More than half of the people from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea are also on welfare benefits.
General Tom Middendorp thinks that it would be logical that the Dutch F-16's not only fight ISIS over Iraq, but also over Syria. According to him, there is "little chance of a solution" if the terrorist organization is not also addressed in its "safe harbor".
The first emergency shelter locations for asylum seekers will be put to use this week already. The first asylum seekers are expected to arrive at the IJsselhallen in Zwolle on Thursday or Friday.