Netherlands: Backlog of asylum applications almost at 2015 level

Netherlands: Backlog of asylum applications almost at 2015 level

The Dutch immigration service has yet to answer almost 30,000 asylum applications, a delay similar to that experienced during the 2015 migration crisis, although the number of applications is much smaller than it was then.

The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (Immigration and Naturalization Service, IND) is currently processing 29,460 asylum applications, just 180 fewer than the number of applications pending after the peak of the migration crisis in 2015, according to Eurostat data. In 2015, the Netherlands received an average of 10,000 requests per month, a number far higher than today.

“The longer asylum seekers have to wait for their procedure, the more places are needed [dans les centres] Hometown “said Martijn van der Linden, spokesman for the Dutch Refugee Council, according to NOS.

“For the backlog to almost reach a new record while the reception center is overcrowded is one crisis after another”he added.

The Netherlands is trying to find a solution to the influx of asylum seekers. On August 26, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he had done so “shame” Troubles at the country’s asylum center as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) dispatched a team to attend to migrants’ medical needs.

The People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (People’s Party for Freedom and DemocracyVVD), led by Mr. Rutte, is divided on the issue.

On August 22, VVD politicians wrote a letter to the party’s national politicians, including Mr Rutte and Secretary of State for Asylum Policy, Eric van der Burg.

In it they call for a move away from the new admission policy, which obliges municipalities to accept asylum seekers.

The government has recently stepped up efforts to take in asylum seekers. On September 21, the cruise ship Silja Europa, which is scheduled to take in 1,000 asylum seekers by February, arrived in Velsen-Noord.

“Anyone who has the right to stay has all the rights and obligations associated with full participation and integration into our society”Dutch King Willem-Alexander said of the situation during his annual Prinsjesdag speech last week.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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