Four in five local councils do not have enough empty housing to accommodate refugees with a residency permit, NRC Next reports on Friday.
The paper asked 213 of the Netherlands’ 400 town and village councils about how they were planning to house refugees with the right to stay in the Netherlands and what preparations they were making to settle them.
The researchers also found that the influx of refugees on the social housing market is leading to complaints from the local population about long waiting lists. This was an issue in one in four local authority areas, the paper says.
The councils themselves are mainly worried about the costs involved in the integration process, including language lessons, education and help in finding work. The government has slashed spending on integration and language courses and new arrivals are now responsible for funding this themselves.
Some 13,000 refugees with residency permits are currently living in asylum seeker centres while waiting for a permanent home. These places are needed urgently to cope with the influx new arrivals, the paper says.
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