Netherlands await a new wave of asylum seekers

Municipalities must House a total of 20,000 status holders this autumn. In the coming years, the government wants to allocate more than 730 million euros for various projects to combat the reception crisis, such as emergency care, housing, flexible housing, integration and the approach to nuisants. There will be no asylum stop for the time being, but the Cabinet is still hatching restrictions on the influx.

This is shown by a draft agreement between the cabinet and municipalities in the hands of the political editors of RTL Nieuws. The administrative agreement has been negotiated in recent days, discussed yesterday in the Security Council and is on the table today in the Council of ministers.

There has been a reception crisis in the Netherlands for weeks. In particular, it is chaos at the registration center in Ter Apel. The intention is to put an end to sleeping outside at Ter Apel as soon as possible. There will be a second location near Ter Apel, in a nearby municipality. Asylum seekers must be received there and then go to Ter Apel for registration.

Ter Apel will remain a ‘security risk area’ until 1 October, so that the police can carry out preventive searches. In addition, an emergency ordinance is being considered for heel Ter Apel, so that people can be sent away, to avoid chaos. An emergency ordinance only allows people into the area to register or if they have access to shelter.

Each security region will set up 225 additional places as emergency shelters. The state government pays for this crisis emergency shelter and all costs associated with it. This crisis shelter is temporary, the intention is that the crisis emergency shelter will be completed by 1 January 2023.

In addition to the crisis emergency shelter, the Cabinet also wants to focus on smaller shelters. In the consultation between municipalities and the Cabinet, it was agreed that locations that municipalities offer do not have to meet the normal standard for asylum reception. The minimum condition becomes: safe and hygienic.

In addition to crisis care, municipalities must make much more housing available for asylum seekers who receive a residence permit, so-called ‘Status holders’. For this autumn, the aim is to give 20,000 status holders a home. The question is whether this will succeed: for years, municipalities have not met the housing targets. The government wants more flexible housing and shared homes. By the end of 2024, 37,500 flex homes are to be built.

Before October 1, the cabinet will come up with an emergency law to force municipalities to take in a certain number of asylum seekers.

The plans state that municipalities can start exchanging. For example, one municipality could better set up an asylum seeker center and the other municipality could give status holders a home. Municipalities can take over tasks from each other. Provinces will have an explicit role in the distribution between the municipalities, but further agreements have yet to be made.

There will be no asylum stop for the time being, according to the documents between the cabinet and municipalities. Responsible State Secretary Van der Burg would need more time.

According to sources, the Cabinet is already discussing various options today. One of the options is a temporary stop on family reunification. Asylum seekers with a residence permit are only allowed to visit their family when they have actually been allocated housing.

15 million euros will be allocated for a project to deport annoying asylum seekers faster. Additional money is also being made available for integration courses, as the number of integration students is expected to increase.

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