Iraqi asylum seekers set up camp in protest at rejection

A group of some 50 failed Iraqi asylum seekers have set up camp outside the refugee centre in Ter Apel, urging the immigration service to re-open their cases, Nos television reports on Wednesday.

At the end of last month, 76 Iraqi nationals were told their applications for asylum were being refused because the country is now safe enough to return to. The group of 56 in Ter Apel disagree.
Last year, a group of 45 Somali asylum seekers set up a similar camp in the Groningen village after they were refused permission to stay in the Netherlands. The immigration service agreed to look into their cases again and several were granted refugee status, Nos said.

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