Closing borders completely for disadvantaged asylum seekers is impossible, says cabinet

We are working very hard to make the Netherlands as unattractive as possible for disadvantaged asylum seekers, says Secretary of State Van der Burg. But closing the borders completely for people who will never get asylum status is impossible, according to him.

A spokesperson for the Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration responds to Mayor Bruls van Nijmegen‘s cry for help as chairman of the Security Council. Bruls sees more and more resistance among municipalities to arrange crisis shelter emergency shelter. We’ve already made an enormous effort, he says. At this rate, we can‘t keep it up.

According to Bruls, something must first be done against the influx of people from so-called safe countries such as Morocco and Tunisia, and against the entry of people who have previously applied for asylum in another European country and have to return to that country. These groups have little chance of a status, but do burden the reception system. In addition, some of the safelanders cause a lot of inconvenience.

Staff shortages

Bruls wants to raise the issue in the Security Council with Secretary of State Van der Burg on Monday. His spokesperson announced today that safelanders are already given priority over other asylum seekers, so that they can be deported as soon as possible. She adds that every effort is being made at the Immigration and Naturalization Service to process all applications, but that there is a staff shortage. The organization is looking for new people, but they are difficult to find due to the tightness in the labor market.

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In addition, the Secretary of State has already taken all kinds of policy measures to make the Netherlands as unattractive as possible for disadvantaged asylum seekers. For example, the processing of applications from asylum seekers who previously reported to another European country, the so-called Dublin claimants, is further accelerated. And work is underway to austerity of the shelter for safe people who cause inconvenience. Living allowance for disadvantaged asylum seekers will also be abolished.

But stopping the influx of disadvantaged asylum seekers altogether is impossible, says the spokesperson. Based on someone‘s appearance, you can’t tell if someone has fled war and violence. The assessment of whether someone is underprivileged can therefore only be made after someone has been registered and identified. In the meantime, we must accommodate everyone who applies here on the basis of European laws and regulations. And for that, crisis emergency shelter is desperately needed.