Asylum seekers with permission to stay in the Netherlands will no longer be allowed to choose where they live, if a pilot project in Friesland, Drenthe and part of Utrecht is a success.
The new plan is to offer asylum seekers a home in a particular area within ten weeks. If they refuse it, they will still have to leave the asylum centre and find their own accommodation, according to the Volkskant.
Immigration minister Gerd Leers hopes to save an annual €65m by ensuring asylum seekers leave centres more quickly.
Most asylum seekers want to move to cities where they can join family members and find work more easily. But the cities are suffering a housing crisis while many towns and villages have spare capacity.
If the pilot is a success, it will become national policy.
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