Fewer seek asylum in NL

28th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2007, THE HAGUE – The number of people applying for asylum in the Netherlands is on the decline. In the first six months of this year about 4,600 asylum applications were submitted, 14 percent less than in the last half of 2006.

28 September 2007

THE HAGUE – The number of people applying for asylum in the Netherlands is on the decline. In the first six months of this year about 4,600 asylum applications were submitted, 14 percent less than in the last half of 2006.

This emerged from figures the cabinet published on Friday.

The number of applications for regular residence permits for work, study or family reunification also fell between January and July – by no less than 31 percent. The cabinet says one reason for this is the crackdown on abuse of the regular admission procedure.

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has set up two desks where applications without any chance of success are immediately rejected and the individuals in question can be immediately handed over to the aliens police if necessary. The police can take them into custody pending deportation.

Many foreigners who want a regular residence permit have to apply for a temporary permit (MVV) in their home country. The number of MVV applications has also fallen, by 5 percent compared to last year.

The report from the cabinet also indicates that the number of people staying at the locations operated by the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) has remained stable. A total of 23,500 people are currently in shelters. Over the past years the number has been decreasing, but has come to a standstill now that the amnesty scheme for "old" asylum seekers is in effect.

An estimated 14,000 people who are eligible for amnesty are staying at these centres.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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