Ter Apel

Asylum seekers
Apr 5 '17 15:10

The city of Groningen is putting down a new building to offer so-called 'bed, bath and bread' shelter for failed asylum seekers. Security and Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff (VVD) wants to ban municipalities from housing failed asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, but talks on what to do about shelter for people who can not be deported stalled last year, NOS reports.

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Jun 9 '16 09:23

A 54-year-old woman from Meppel was killed in an accident involving a forklift on the road in front of the COA building in Ter Apel on Wednesday, the police said in a statement.

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May 19 '16 08:00

Early this year the police re-screened all 58 thousand asylum seekers who arrived in the Netherlands in 2015. All names were again checked for possible "hits" in the police's terrorism database and no extra information emerged, according to a letter from the Ministry of Security and Justice

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Mar 22 '16 12:36

The Ministry of Security and Justice plans to close at least eight prisons and three juvenile detention centers in the next six years. Union FNV calls the 1,900 lost jobs accompanying this decision "unacceptable". "Last year State Secretary Fred Teeven that no new closures will follow. Van der Steur is breaking that promise with these announcements", union manager Frans Carbo said

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Jan 20 '16 11:01

King Willem-Alexander paid a visit to the asylum center in Ter Apel with State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff and the manager of the COA, the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers, on Tuesday

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Jan 14 '16 13:30

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

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Sep 28 '15 18:57

A group of around 20 underage Syrian girls are on their way to the main refugee reception facility in Ter Apel to join with the husbands of their arranged marriages, according to broadcaster RTV Noord. At the Tweede Kamer, the Lower House of Dutch Parliament, members of parliament are not happy about the report, which said two of the girls are aged 13 or 14, and a 15 year old in the group wants to join her 38-year-old husband.

Sep 15 '15 10:21

The Amsterdam police is going to use a bus to transport asylum seekers who got stranded at Amsterdam Central Station to Ter Apel.

asylum seekers
Aug 26 '15 08:45

The current stream of incoming refugees is so great that Ter Apel, the reporting point for every asylum applicant that enters the Netherlands, is drowning under refugees. The central agency for asylum seekers COA thinks that the asylum seekers should be better distributed over the Netherlands and is considering opening a second reporting point to absorb a portion of the inflow.

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Aug 18 '15 08:59

The number of asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands keeps increasing and State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice does not see this changing in the foreseeable future. Currently about 1,700 asylum seekers arrive in the Netherlands per week. The Cabinet has taken a number of measures to deal with this influx.

Aug 4 '15 09:30

Employees working at the four asylum application centers in the Netherlands are regularly confronted with aggressive behavior from the asylum seekers. They have to deal with harassment, verbal abuse, threats and sometimes even physical violence.

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Apr 23 '15 14:41

The Dutch government plans to make additional investments in refugees' home countries to help these countries take back their refugees. This only applies to nations who assist in the sustainable return of their citizens.

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Apr 23 '15 10:59

A number of cities and towns in the Netherlands foresee major practical problems in the implementation of the coalition's new plan for failed asylum seekers.

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Apr 22 '15 18:01

The left-wing PvdA and right-wing VVD are near a deal on undocumented asylum seekers trying to remain in the Netherlands. The two parties form the ruling coalition, and are expected to finalize an agreement as early as Wednesday night.

Mar 13 '15 16:30

The police managed to locate the phone of the man whose daughter died in the Carnival accident in Ter Apel on February 14th. The phone was in the possession of a 21 year old man from Ter Apel, who was arrested on the spot.

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Feb 20 '15 08:40

The accident in Ter Apel on Saturday in which a woman died was caused by a handling error of the 81 year old motorist, NOS reports.

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Feb 17 '15 08:33

The Carnival festivities in Ter Apel ended in tragedy on Saturday. An accident caused the death of a 33 year old woman. Her 2 year old son was also hit, but escaped unharmed. According to the AD, a bystander took pity on the boy and kept an eye on him during the commotion.

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Jan 16 '14 15:20

It took more than 40 years, but the truth about a mysterious hit and run killing in 1971 of a Dutch man in the German village Rütenbrock has finally been unearthed.

Nov 26 '13 17:46

Dozens of agents participated in 15 raids in homes and business premises in Groningen and Drenthe, during a major drug bust, Tuesday morning and afternoon. One man was arrested in Emmen.

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