Refugee camp outside Ter Apel refugee centre gets bigger

Some 200 people are now thought to be living in the camp which has sprung up outside the Ter Apel refugee centre in Groningen, the Telegraaf said on Monday

The group is largely made up of Iraqi nationals who are protesting at plans to send them back now the situation in Iraq is said to be safe. Since setting up the camp last week, they have now been joined by a number of Iranian and Somali asylum seekers, the paper said.
The Iraqi protesters want immigration minister Gerd Leers to re-examine their cases but he has so far said there is nothing he can do. The group, which includes children, is now illegally in the Netherlands, the minister said last week.
The Iraqi authorities will not cooperate with forced deportations, leaving people who refuse to return in limbo. Failed asylum seekers who do agree to return home are given accommodation while the details are sorted out.
A spokesman for Ter Apel town council said officials have no plans to intervene because the camp is on refugee centre land.

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