Dutch Somalians erect Occupy-style tent camp

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A tent camp erected by Somalians in protest against Dutch asylum policies keeps expanding. Twenty-five men and women have now set up their tents outside the gates of the Ter Apel deportation centre.

The Somalians are failed asylum seekers who argue they cannot return to their country of origin. “This means they have to live on the streets”, says Margreet Jenezon from STIL, an organisation which provides assistance to failed asylum seekers.

She argues more Somalians are en route to Ter Apel. “More and more people keep arriving. We are worried about that. We don’t have enough tents.”

Earlier, the Somalians rejected an offer by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service IND to offer them accommodation for one week. The Somalians are seeking a structural solution, says Jenezon.

On Wednesday, the IND came with a new offer – to submit a new request for asylum based on the most recent regulations and to put the asylum-seekers up until their case has been investigated.  

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