Asylum seekers who have a good chance of getting refugee status in the Netherlands, will from now on start language lessons almost immediately. Syrian- and Eritrean asylum seekers in particular will benefit from this new policy, PvdA Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs announced, the Telegraaf reports.
The number of asylum seekers that arrived in the Netherlands last month dropped by half compared to May 2015. About a quarter of these asylum seekers came from Syria, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Monday.
Weert Mayor Jos Heijmans will not be punished for hiding a Syrian mother and her four children so that they would not be sent back to Germany, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs wrote in a letter to parliament
Mayor Jos Heijmans of Weert admitted to helping a Syrian family hide from their deportation during a public commission meeting this week
The asylum agreement between Turkey and the European Union seems to be bearing its first fruits. Since the agreement took effect last month, only 101 Syrians submitted their first application for asylum in the Netherlands - a much lower number than the 5,249 Syrian applications received at the peak in October last year
Between September last year and January this year about 60 Syrian child-brides arrived in the Netherlands, the youngest of which was only 14 years old, according to a report Corinne Dettmeijer, the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children, released on Thursday. In the report Dettmeijer also raises concern about Roma and LGBT children being vulnerable to human trafficking.
The first Syrian asylum seekers from Turkish refugee camps were flown to the Netherlands on Tuesday morning. The 31 people were transferred to a Dutch asylum center to await housing, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice said to news wire ANP.
About a quarter of the people who submitted asylum application in the Netherlands during the first months of 2016 will likely be refused a residency permit and sent back to their home countries. This is because these people came from countries that are considered "safe" and therefore only qualify for refugee status in exceptional circumstances.
At least 20 Syrian asylum seekers in the Netherlands are suspected of war crimes in their home country. Despite this, they can not be deported, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Monday
Members of Gastvrij Oost - a group of Amsterdam-Oost residents, organizations and entrepreneurs - took it upon themselves to arrange a small-scale living facility for asylum seekers. In mid-February about 30 Syrians will be moving into a building on Mauritskade in Oost
The Public Prosecutor demanded up to 42 months imprisonment against two defendants suspected of smuggling Syrian asylum seekers from the Middle East to Europe in the court in Zwolle on Tuesday