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Amsterdam refugee camp to be cleared by Friday

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Some 130 failed asylum seekers who have set up camp in Amsterdam's Osdorp have been told to clear their tents by Friday.

Judges have ruled the camp must go because of safety fears and Amsterdam's mayor Eberhard van der Laan has given them until Friday morning to comply.

Judges said there are serious hygiene issues at the site because there is no running water and rubbish is not cleared. In addition, the camp is proving a nuisance to people living in the area. 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.

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Readers' Comments

I would give them running water and get the state trash trucks to pick up the trash.To deny another human water is a crime against humanity.

By jason buttle | 28 November 2012 3:48 PM

@jason buttle: denying water and hygiene is the perfect leverage to kick them out. It's nothing more than a form of bullying, bravo to Amsterdam's mayor, good job! :P

By The visitor | 28 November 2012 11:00 PM

@jason butte: the government is now spending around € 300/month for each of the families while they wait on temporary housing. But chances of their appeals failing are more than 95%. They are mostly just taking an extra welfare help before deportation.

By Andre L. | 29 November 2012 6:01 AM

So it is OK to enter the E.U. without papers, but you cannot leave. These are nothing but criminals pushing their luck to stay in Europe. They leave their countries because they claim that they cannot live there (lie) and then proceed to change their host country to be just like the country from where they 'escaped' in the first place. Kick them out now before things turn nasty.

By Charles Sammut | 29 November 2012 7:42 AM

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