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Police clear Amsterdam refugee camp

Friday 30 November 2012

A protest camp in Amsterdam that was home to around 100 failed asylum seekers was cleared by police on Friday morning following a court order.

Several dozen police arrived at the camp close to a school in Osdorp in the early hours of Friday morning. Some 95 of the refugees were taken by bus to a police station after they refused to leave the area but the arrests were peaceful, local media report.

Some 80 supporters of the camp's residents had gathered at the site but were kept away by police, including a number on horseback.


Judges ruled on Wednesday the camp must go because of concerns about hygiene and the nuisance to neighbours and Amsterdam's mayor Eberhard van der Laan gave the residents until Friday morning to comply.

Van der Laan has come up with temporary accommodation to house the refugees while their cases are being re-examined.

The camp was set up in September by a group of some 40 failed asylum seekers who argue they cannot return to their home countries, either because it is unsafe or because they have no papers.

Under Dutch asylum rules, failed asylum seekers are not entitled to any help with housing unless they agree to work towards their return.

© DutchNews.nl

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Readers' comments (10)

People looking for a better chance in life that come to NL in hope, can't say I blame them, I would do the same! Plenty of nasty jobs to be done, why not?

Well done Mr Leers, yet another feather in your cap, bravo!! :P

By The visitor | November 30, 2012 5:33 PM

And yet there was such global support for "Occupiers" who defecated on police cars, raped their own, and perpetrated other violence on observers. Hypocrisy seems to run rampant!

By Drawer 22 | November 30, 2012 8:03 PM

@The visitor: it doesn't seem there is a shortage of low-skilled labor right now. When and if there is one, we can then bring more low-skilled immigrants.

By A.L. | December 2, 2012 8:44 AM

"... Under Dutch asylum rules, failed asylum seekers are not entitled to any help with housing unless they agree to work towards their return". I wish we had that in the UK. We seem to hand out homes and money to anyone...

By Athole Simpson | December 3, 2012 8:41 AM

The article doesn't say much. Such a hypocrisy! They were forced to leave for safety and hygiene reasons (no running water, etc). So, to make it clear...Now that they have to live on the streets again there are no safety and hygiene concerns? Those people have been denied asylum but at the same time is not possible for them to go back. So, there are stuck here. Thousands of these undocumented refugees are living on the streets but are invisible! Nobody sees them and most people they are not aware of that!

By noname | December 3, 2012 11:05 AM

@A.L.: yup..capitalism at it's best, milk the third world, but keep them away from us at all costs, that is unless we run out of toilet paper again :(

By The visitor | December 3, 2012 12:53 PM

I am glad they are doing something about these migrants. There are simply too many of them and there are millions more where they come from who would like to be here instead. It's just not possible to take them all in.

By manuel | December 3, 2012 3:03 PM

@noname: did you even read the article (5th paragraph)? If you did, you would probably realize that they were not "put on the streets", but housed on temporary facilities the Dutch government maintains throughout the country to house asylum seekers. So their living conditions are now better than before.

I don't expect people to know everything over an issue before commenting, but reading the whole short article is the least people should do before writing total non-sense.

By A.L. | December 3, 2012 11:48 PM

@The visitor: we are not "milking" anyone. Immigration is a privilege conceded by the host state, not some sort of universal right every human is entitled to.

By A.L. | December 3, 2012 11:49 PM

...says A.L., the smug expat who can immigrate.

All these people want is a safe country to live in. Odds are, they had no way to get those "highly skilled" qualifications that would allow them to get a work permit here. Why would you begrudge them a right to a normal life?

Interesting how people once considered human beings deserving of seeking out a better life can suddenly become criminals trying to mooch off a system by the stroke of a pen making a new law.

These people are no different than your ancestors. Get over yourself.

By CW | December 9, 2012 11:57 AM

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