Ter Apel refugee centre is at crisis point, says local safety board chief

Asia's Tech News Daily

3,962 people, 32,000 refugees
The situation at the Ter Apel refugee registration centre is so serious that the Groningen regional safety board has told the government it can no longer cope, current affairs show Nieuwsuur reported on Wednesday evening.

The safety board has invoked an Article 51 procedure which is usually confined to crises and disasters and ‘that is where we are at the moment’, local safety board chief Koen Schuiling told the programme.

Junior justice minister Ankie Broekers-Knol has now pledged to ensure 500 new beds for asylum seekers but this is not enough to change the situation, Schuiling said. ‘The number of people requesting asylum every day is as big as ever, and we already knew about Broekers-Knol’s pledge,’ he said.

Thousands of extra places are needed to ensure asylum seekers are received in a humane way, he said. ‘It is unsafe, very risky in terms of infection and fire, to keep so many people in such small rooms,’ he said. ‘The situation is untenable.’

The Ter Apel reception centre has been coping with hundreds of new arrivals for the past few days. Earlier this week, over 750 people were forced to sleep in the emergency marquees, when there is officially only space for around 275.

The regional safety boards agreed earlier this week that at least 800 to 1,500 new beds are needed in the short term. Among the temporary options which are being used is a boat in Groningen, caravans in Overloon and a former military barracks in Tilburg.

Afghanistan

Last month, 3,962 people applied for asylum in the Netherlands, including 1,199 from Afghanistan, of whom 1,104 were brought out of the country in the evacuation. The next biggest group – 1,133 – was people from Syria.

The refugee settlement agency COA has capacity to accommodate almost 32,000 refugees across 74 locations.

However, nearly 11,000 places are being taken up by people who have been granted refugee status but cannot be rehoused because of the current housing crisis.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Eleven people detained in Belarus for insulting comments on death of Russian paratroopers

Two Russian soldiers died on November 12, when the domes of their parachutes intertwined during a landing on a shooting range in the west of Belarus Read more »

Court sentences participant in 1999 attack on Dagestan to 25 years in jail

The court found Umakhanov guilty of participation in an armed gang, armed rebellion and an attempt on the life of law enforcers Read more »

Bolshoi Theatre to hold world premiere of The Master and Margarita ballet

The world premiere of The Master and Margarita ballet was supposed to take place last season, but was postponed due to the pandemic Read more »

Omicron coronavirus variant's emergence in Russia is a matter of time — Kremlin

Last Friday, the WHO designated the B.1.1.529 variant discovered in South Africa as a "Variant of Concern" and assigned it the Greek letter Omicron Read more »

Russia ready to fight new pandemic threats, Kremlin says

At the same time, Dmitry Peskov noted that "any restrictions one way or another negatively impact the economy, inconvenience people" Read more »

Jury for News Photo Awards. A Changing World contest announced

According to the jury's head, the jury brings together "people who not only have an enormous grasp of the trends of today’s photo journalism, but also set these trends themselves" Read more »

FSB collars 85 underground gunmakers in nationwide sweep

Six machine guns, 23 assault rifles, 18 submachine guns, 224 pistols and revolvers, 104 carbines, rifles, shotguns and explosives have been confiscated Read more »

Big four Dutch cities want lower speed limits to cut road deaths

Photo: Depositphotos.com Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht have written to parliament and the cabinet calling for a reduction of maximum speeds on most urban roads to 30 kph, the ... Read more »

Quarantine couple can go home, KLM and Schiphol apologise to passengers

The couple arrive back in Amsterdam. Photo: Evert Elzinga ANP The couple forced to go into quarantine after one of them tested positive for coronavirus at Schiphol airport left their ... Read more »

Convicted US spy complains about medical treatment in prison — rights activist

Whelan was found guilty of spying against Russia and sentenced to 16 years in a high-security colony Read more »

First batch of Russian Sputnik Light booster vaccine arrives in San Marino

According to the data, the doses are for revaccinating San Marino’s population Read more »

No cases of new Omicron strain recorded in Russia yet - sanitary watchdog

The new Omicron variant of COVID-19 was discovered in South Africa last week Read more »

Coronavirus infections appear to be stabilising, RIVM says

Coronavirus test location at the RAI in Amsterdam. Photo: Depositphotos.com The number of positive coronavirus tests in the Netherlands was unchanged over the last week when compared with the previous ... Read more »

Amsterdam Light Festival switches off for most of the night

The Lace – Choi Shine Architects – will be back this year. Photo: Amsterdam Light Festival The 10th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival will only be ‘open’ until 5pm, ... Read more »

Expert suggests restrictions on foreign travel to prevent Omicron's spread

However, its real danger has not been assessed yet, since the number of tracked patients is less than a hundred, Russian virologist Sergey Netesov notes Read more »

World enters new wave of pandemic amid high inflationary pressures — Putin

Vladimir Putin noted that the extremely soft budgetary policies of most developed countries played a significant factor in accelerating inflation, and maybe even a key role Read more »

Cyberattacks on Russian resources have grown several times since 2020 — Putin

Moscow understands the importance of joint work on cyber security, the Russian President noted Read more »

No need to introduce lockdown in Russia amid spread of Omicron variant — expert

Alexander Butenko urged citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 Read more »

About 35,000 HIV patients die in Russia every year, expert says

According to Pokrovsky, Russia annually spends some 60 bln rubles ($804.4 mln) on combating HIV Read more »

UNESCO's passiveness in Syria is disappointing — Russian representative

"The organization is too slow in turning face to face with the problem of restoring such remarkable monuments as Palmyra, Aleppo and others," Alexander Kuznetsov said Read more »

Use of Sputnik Light as booster jab for all vaccines approved in UAE, RDIF says

Sputnik Light is the first component of the Sputnik V vaccine Read more »

Russia has no plans to introduce fines for refusing inoculation against COVID-19 — Kremlin

Earlier, it was reported that that there was bill in progress on introducing mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 in Austria Read more »

Omicron strain may trigger new wave of pandemic, expert thinks

It is spreading faster than the Delta strain and is more contagious, virologist Yevgeny Timakov notes Read more »

Exhibition reveals the untold stories of the Dutch women of the resistance

The Waalsdorpervlakte in the dunes, where many resistance heroes were shot. Photo Pvt Pauline vi Wikimedia Commons A new exhibition has opened honouring the many women who were active in ... Read more »

Documents for research into coronavirus vaccine for children submitted - Gamaleya Center

BARVIKHA /Moscow Region/, November 29./TASS/. The Gamaleya Center has filed with the Russian Ministry of Health the documents for conducting clinical research into a coronavirus vaccine for children aged 6 ... Read more »

It will take some 10 days to make vaccine against Omicron strain - Gamaleya Center chief

According to Alexander Gintsburg, the process of the new vaccine’s registration with the Russian health ministry may take up to 1.5 months Read more »

EMA considers it premature to foresee need for adapted vaccine to tackle Omicron variant

Current information is insufficient to determine if this variant is going to spread significantly causing hospitalisations, EMA’s press office stressed Read more »

Around nine days needed to make testing kit for Omicron strain — expert

On November 26, the WHO designated B.1.1.529 as a "Variant of Concern" and assigned it the Greek letter Omicron Read more »

Decisions on anti-Omicron-strain restrictions depend on government center, Kremlin says

On November 26, the WHO marked the coronavirus strain B.1.1.529, discovered in southern Africa, with the Greek letter omicron Read more »

Omicron appears more transmittable than earlier variants, says South African scientist

On Friday, the WHO designated the B.1.1.529 variant as a "Variant of Concern" and assigned it the Greek letter Omicron Read more »

Russia to press for response from Western countries over Navalny case — envoy to OPCW

Alexander Shulgin stressed that "there are traces of a provocation and of politicization of the whole affair" Read more »

Sputnik vaccine against Omicron strain can be released by February — RDIF

It was also noted that more than 3 billion doses of vaccine against the new strain of coronavirus can be available in 2022 Read more »

‘Songs are all done': Uriah Heep's Mick Box on wrapping up band's new album

British rock band Uriah Heep was founded in 1969 Read more »

Russia, CIS states hold online drills on responding to infectious outbreaks

Each participating country modeled a specific situation related to an outbreak of some infection and presented a variant of its emergency resolution Read more »

Data on new Omicron coronavirus strain analyzed by crisis center, Kremlin says

Last week, the WHO designated the B.1.1.529 variant discovered in South Africa as a "Variant of Concern" and assigned it the Greek letter Omicron Read more »

Moscow police launch clampdown on rowdy fans after Sunday football match

Police officers filed 51 administrative offence protocols with regards to people, who were transported to local police stations after the football match between CSKA Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg Read more »

Supermarkets to be investigated for not charging deposits on plastic bottles

Photo: Depositphotos Many supermarket chains are still not charging deposit fees on plastic bottles nearly five months after they became obligatory by law. A survey by consumer affairs show Kassa ... Read more »

Amsterdam warns shopkeepers not to sell products for hard drugs

Amsterdam city council has written to 250 city centre shopkeepers warning them not to sell products which can be used to process or package hard drugs, the Parool reported at ... Read more »

Wintry conditions cause problems on the roads, the sun will shine later

Photo: Depositphotos.com There were wintry conditions on many Dutch roads on Monday morning and the KNMI weather bureau issued a code yellow weather warning until at least 10am. Several accidents ... Read more »

Revaccination effectively protects against Omicron - White House

Although, it will take approximately two more weeks to have more definitive information on the transmissibility, severity, and other characteristics of the variant Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic