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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