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'Welcome Letter' for New Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands

In a letter that, upon request of the Parliament, will from now be handed to asylum seekers upon their arrival, State Secretary Dijkhoff paints a picture of the course of events in emergency shelters: sleeping in...

by Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten
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In a letter that, upon request of the Parliament, will from now be handed to asylum seekers upon their arrival, State Secretary Dijkhoff paints a picture of the course of events in emergency shelters: sleeping in sports halls or tents, long waits for asylum requests, and, for now, no chance to reunite with family members. Besides this, asylum seekers will also receive a translation of the Dutch Constitution "to inform them about the basic rules of our society."