A group of failed asylum seekers will be leaving the so-called "Vluchtgebouw" in Amsterdam at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, action group We Are Here announced. The asylum seekers have been squatting in the building since August.
The Netherlands has breached the European Union rules on the reception of asylum seekers, such as access for food, clothing and shelter, for undocumented adults, the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) states. A Council of Europe human rights committee must now decide whether or not it will take action against the Netherlands based on the harshly critical ECSR report, unless conditions of asylum seekers quickly improve.
Several failed asylum seekers evicted from the makeshift refuge, Vluchtgarage, began living in a tent camp in De Pijp, Amsterdam on Monday night to show their discontent with the municipality's lack of a permanent solution for their basic needs. Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan is against the tent camp, saying it is prohibited by law to set up a tent and sleep in a public place, a city press release states.
The Amsterdam housing corporation Rochdale is willing to help failed asylum seekers with temporary housing, CEO René Grotendorst told BNR.
The failed asylum seekers who were evicted from the Vluchtgarage in Amsterdam Zuidoost yesterday, set up a tent camp in De Pijp. Only a small number of the asylum seekers made use of the overnight accommodation provided by the municipality.
The asylum seekers that were evicted from the Vluchtgarage in Amsterdam Zuidoost this morning, marched towards the Stopera, chanting slogans like "We are not criminal" and "We are here", Het Parool reports. They are currently sitting on the ground on the Stopera.
The court of appeal in Amsterdam ruled that the failed asylum seekers currently staying in the Vluchtgarage in Amsterdam, may be evicted at any time, Het Parool reports. The rejected refugees occupied the building in December 2013 because they feel that the shelter offered by the city was not enough.
About 30 asylum seekers have signed up for the first lecture of the We Are Here Academy, which will happen in Amsterdam tonight.