Dec 3, 2023 at 6:13 PM Update: 6 hours ago
The Red Cross is busy constructing shower cabins at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) in Ter Apel on Sunday. Due to crowds and the lack of solutions, asylum seekers have been staying in waiting rooms at night for two months and now also during the day.
That is why the Red Cross has been called in for help. According to an IND spokesperson, two shower cabins will be installed first and more will follow later this week. There will also be a tent with a generator inside, so that people can charge their phones.
Red Cross volunteers will also be present in Ter Apel on Sunday to hand out extra blankets, air mattresses, hygiene sets and shower supplies.
This also happened on Saturday evening, which meant that there were better blankets for everyone last night and also mattresses for a large number of people, including families with children. It is expected that from Sunday onwards, no one will have to sleep on the floor or on a chair, the IND reports.
On Saturday it was announced that the Red Cross had been called in to support the reception of asylum seekers in Ter Apel at the request of the Netherlands Council for Refugees and under the direction of the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers. “The situation remains worrying,” a spokesperson said. “We are constantly looking for solutions.”
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