CEO Dutch asylum organisation under scrutiny

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Asylum and Immigration Minister Gerd Leers is to look into corporate practice at the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers COA, after staff complained to public broadcaster NOS about the harsh corporate culture within the organisation.

The staff blame the organisation’s CEO Nurten Albayrak for "the bad atmosphere". They say she is despotic, does not listen to experts in the field and wastes funds. NOS TV says the complaints from members of the staff who wished to remain anonymous are backed up by documents. Since she became CEO, many departmental managers and Supervisory Board members have left the organisation.

A spokesperson for the COA says the news reports are "disappointing". The minister says he will speak to the CAO’s Supervisory Board to find out the facts. Freedom Party MP Sytze Fritsma has questioned whether Ms Albayrak’s company car is more expensive than permitted and whether money is wasted by keeping asylum beds unnecessarily open.

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