ANPA asylum seekers in Ter Apel
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 20:55
There are enough reception places available for asylum seekers in the Netherlands for this weekend and early next week, reports an employee of the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA).
The COA sounded the alarm last week due to an expected shortage of shelter places. There was a risk that there would be no bed available for hundreds of asylum seekers. State Secretary Van der Burg of Asylum therefore called on municipalities to urgently make shelter places available.
Shelter municipalities unknown
Thanks Van de Burg X the municipalities for their cooperation. Arnhem and Zwolle, among others, responded to the government’s call, but a number of small municipalities also came to the rescue. A COA spokesperson does not want to say which small municipalities this concerns. “Those municipalities don’t want it to come out.”
There are currently about 26,000 people in emergency shelter. For this weekend, Van der Burg needed 450 shelter places, of which 250 were for unaccompanied minors. The large influx of unaccompanied minors was a particularly acute problem. After the weekend, Van der Burg wants to find another 750 places for asylum seekers, 300 of whom are for unaccompanied minors.
The COA cannot yet say anything about the expected number of asylum seekers in the near future, but the spokesperson says that the reception agency continues to search daily for new reception locations. However, according to him, this is not always easy because there also have to be facilities in the area, such as schools for children. Additional staff is also needed.