Asylum seeker family gain emergency housing

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8 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Libyan mother and seven children found sheltering from the winter cold in a bus shelter in the Groningen town of Leek on Sunday have been given temporary emergency housing in Ter Apel, the immigration service IND said on Wednesday.

8 December 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Libyan mother and seven children found sheltering from the winter cold in a bus shelter in the Groningen town of Leek on Sunday have been given temporary emergency housing in Ter Apel, the immigration service IND said  on Wednesday.

The children were found lying on the ground under a blanket and the woman indicated she had been abandoned by Dutch authorities. But police deny the woman had been dumped, asserting that she had been given a train ticket for Rotterdam.

The woman was seeking shelter with her children at the Paulus Church in Rotterdam, but had stopped en route in Leek to visit friends at the local asylum seeker centre.

A church priest said due to capacity problems with refugee centres, asylum seekers are often sent to the Paulus Church. But he said it was strange that the family had been sent from Groningen all the way to Rotterdam.

"There is shelter to be found in Groningen. If someone is in trouble in Delft or Dordrecht [located around Rotterdam], we can do something now and again. But this is strange," the priest said.
 
The woman had previously been sent back to the Netherlands from Germany and is due to report to the IND on 14 January. Police admitted there is a gap in the law in which she had no official right to accommodation until her appointment with the IND.

The woman and her children had been taken to the refugee centre in Leek on Sunday, but have now been transferred to the town of Ter Appel.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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