Justice confirms: Safe country asylum-seekers can hardly be controlled after their asocial and criminal outbursts
by Wout Willemsen
June 15, 2021
The Justice and Security Inspectorate has come out with a new report following an investigation into trouble-making asylum-seekers. And what is the result? Asocial and criminal asylum-seekers can hardly be reformed unless real action can be taken.
Moroccans, Algerians, Libyans, and Tunisians, better known as asylum-seekers from “safe countries”, are the biggest cause of the problem. In the normal asylum centers, they continue to show asocial and criminal behavior, probably also due to the fact that “boas” [investigating officers] and other security personnel are hardly allowed to intervene, according to Het Parool.
There is, however, a special center for adult asylum-seekers in Hoogeveen. Employees there have the authority to impose sanctions and physically intervene. The result? Significantly less trouble
The Inspectorate thus confirms what the rest of the Netherlands has long known: Doing nothing doesn’t help while doing something does. State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol, herself the queen of doing nothing, is now getting advice from the Inspectorate to give COA [Centraal Orgaan opvang asielzoekers, Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers] workers more authority and to train them so that they really can and are allowed to intervene.
That should be a big improvement, but naturally, it is still a plaster on a festering wound. The Dutch government still can’t send this type of asylum-seeker back, purely because the country of origin doesn’t cooperate and actually tells the Netherlands, “Last touched!”.
Thus, the situation remains just as pitiful, but in any case, slowly but surely, the problem is becoming known to the government itself. Now one just awaits a cabinet that will actually turn the harsh campaign rhetoric of the VVD [Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie, People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy] into policy in which asylum-seekers from safe countries can actually go and enjoy the summer sun in their own, safe country…