As of this week, asylum seekers from so-called safe countries, who have little chance of obtaining a residence permit, will be received separately from other asylum seekers at two locations after their arrival in the Netherlands: Ter Apel and Budel-Cranendonck. The reception will also be reduced, writes State Secretary Broekers-Knol to the Lower House of Parliament. As a result, they do not receive any living allowance and have to report to COA on a daily basis.
At the moment, ‘safe landers’ are being accommodated at locations scattered throughout the country. They cause a lot of nuisance and increase the pressure on the asylum system. Broekers-Knol wants to discourage this group from coming to the Netherlands as much as possible. People who already have an asylum permit in another EU country will also fall under the austere regime.
The intention is to process the asylum applications of this group of people within four weeks. As long as they are in reception, they will not receive compensation for food and personal expenses like other asylum seekers. This can amount to a maximum of EUR 59 per week. Instead, the asylum seekers are given meals and toiletries in kind with little chance of obtaining a permit.
Many from Morocco and Algeria
They are also checked every time they leave or return to the asylum seekers‘ centre. The rules do not apply to asylum seekers in a vulnerable position, such as families with young children, unaccompanied foreign minors and lhbti’ers. They are accommodated in the regular asylum seekers‘ centres.
Last year, the Dutch centres housed some 1760 asylum seekers from safe countries, most of them from Morocco and Algeria. They accounted for just under 7% of the total number of asylum seekers.
They cause a great deal of inconvenience, such as burglaries and thefts, but are also more often suspected of serious crimes. Several mayors with an asylum seekers’ centre in their municipality were more likely to call for measures.