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Sanitary House of Representatives unsuitable for reception of asylum seekers, cabinet is considering prisons | Politics

In the search for government buildings where asylum seekers can be accommodated, the temporary House of Representatives building turns out to be unsuitable in any case. “There are not enough toilets and showers,” said outgoing State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol tonight in the House of Representatives.




BBB party leader Caroline van der Plas asked the State Secretary for Asylum Affairs in October to look at the new Chamber building. The top four floors of the building on Bezuindenhoutseweg, next to The Hague Central Station, are vacant. Broekers-Knol said at the time that it is probably not feasible, because high security requirements are imposed on the House of Representatives. There are now also practical problems with the sanitary facilities. “That is simply necessary,” said the VVD minister.

She does look at other (partly) vacant government buildings. “For example, we look at prisons. There you have good sanitary facilities and everyone has their own room.” SP MP Jasper van Dijk then presented the buildings of the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg. “Every office has its own shower there.”

More shelter places

Broekers-Knol and Minister Kajsa Ollongren have been looking for enough shelter places for months to cope with the large influx of asylum seekers. The application center in Ter Apel, where all asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands must report, is again overcrowded – just like last month.

The ministers have already appealed to municipalities and provinces twice. Small reception centers have been set up all over the country, but because these places are often only available temporarily, more beds are needed. Asylum seekers are now also received in barracks and in tent camp Heumensoord near Nijmegen.


Sanitary House of Representatives unsuitable for reception of asylum seekers, cabinet is considering prisons | Politics
Source link Sanitary House of Representatives unsuitable for reception of asylum seekers, cabinet is considering prisons | Politics

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