NOS Residents of the emergency shelter in Purmerend have ended their hunger strike
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 17:17
Twenty asylum seekers who went on hunger strike eight days ago in the emergency shelter in Purmerend have ended their protest action. They do so because some of them have received an invitation for an interview with the Immigration and Naturalization Service IND.
The asylum seekers said they started their hunger strike because they had been waiting months for clarity about their asylum procedure. They also find the conditions in the large tents in which they stay bad.
They told last week why they are angry:
Asylum seekers on hunger strike: ‘Conditions in the tents inhumane’
The IND informed NH Nieuws that the hunger strike played no part in the procedure. “It is a coincidence that the hunger strikers have now been invited for a meeting,” a spokesperson told the regional broadcaster. “The dates for the talks were planned for the near future.”
Asylum seekers have also held hunger strikes in other places because they see no perspective. This happened, for example, earlier this year on a boat in Genemuiden. In the reception in Goes, residents also demanded clarity from the IND about the asylum procedure.
Recognition at COA
The COA sees that the long duration of the lack of clarity is frustrating, but says it cannot help with a procedure at the IND. “The only thing we can do is invite people from the IND to provide text and explanation about this. Furthermore, we have no influence whatsoever on the procedure and no control over it,” a spokesperson previously told NOS.
At the moment, almost 53,000 people are staying in COA’s asylum shelters, of which about 7,000 in emergency shelters. These municipal locations have a temporary and austere character.