Refugee centre head office to lose 250 jobs
Tuesday 19 June 2012
The asylum seeker centre organisation COA announced on Tuesday 250 job losses at its headquarters in Rijswijk. That amount to 40% of the staff employed there.
The move stems from a €5.1m cut in government spending on refugee centres, which is partly due to a reduction in new arrivals, the COA said.
Asylum seeker centres are not affected by this round of job losses, but 14 centres have been closed since September and three more are expected to close this year, reports the Telegraaf.
The COA has been rocked by a series of problems over the past two years. Last year it was discovered that since 2004 some interim managers were earning over €300,000 a year and the total bill for external staff had reached &euro12m.
In January, Nurten Albayrak, head of the COA, was suspended after an inquiry said she had lied about private use of her company car and her salary. She was also criticised for her divide-and-rule management style.
The COA is currently looking for a new director.