IND speeds up initial asylum request assessment

Despite new procedures almost half of new asylum seekers still have to wait longer than two weeks to hear if they can make a formal claim, according to the IND immigration service’s 2010 report.

In the first half of 2010, 30% of asylum seekers were given an initial assessment within two weeks, and that rose to 49% in the second half of the year when the new procedures came into play.
The IND dealt with 7,710 requests for asylum in the second half of the year. Of those, 21% were rejected immediately and 28% were granted refugee status within two weeks. The claims for asylum made by the remaining 51% could not be assessed within the two-week deadline.
Some 90% of asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands do not have a passport or other ID making it difficult to verify claims, the IND says.

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