Thursday 08 December 2022

Dutch will press ahead with refugee family ban despite court ruling

Dutch will press ahead with refugee family ban despite court ruling

The Netherlands will continue to call a halt to family reunification procedures for refugees, despite this week’s court ruling which said the ban infringed national and European agreements, junior justice minister Erik van der Burg has confirmed. Ministers had agreed to stop family members travelling to the Netherlands in an effort to reduce the pressure to house refugees in ordinary accommodation. The plan applies to the relatives of people with refugee status who are still living in asylum centres. But... More >

Princess Amalia celebrates 19th birthday

The heir apparent to the Dutch throne turned 19 on Wednesday, celebrating in private according to tradition. The oldest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima is currently studying Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics at the University of Amsterdam. But she has been forced to live at home, with her parents announcing in October that she can’t leave the house because of credible threats from organised crime. ‘That has enormous consequences for her life,’ Queen Maxima said at the time.... More >

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow?

Continuing cold temperatures throughout the country mean there’s a chance of snow in the coming days, especially in the Veluwe, which may be blanketed in white overnight. But don’t go pulling out your sleighs just yet. For the rest it looks more like sleet, especially in the north of the country, possibly from Wednesday afternoon. While the maximum daytime temperature is around 6°C, the nighttime minimum temperature is about 1°C so any snow is unlikely to settle. According to Dutch... More >

Vietnamese who died in lorry were in NL

All but one of the 39 Vietnamese nationals who died in the back of a refrigerated truck in England three years ago had been registered in the Dutch system, according to Belgian research. The federal migration institute Myria says in an in-depth report on the case that the fingerprints of 38 of the victims were known to the Dutch authorities at the time. Officials had already confirmed one of the group, a minor, had run away from a secure unit... More >

Betting firms told to remove World Cup ads

The gambling regulator has ordered betting firms to withdraw adverts placed on ‘pools’ websites where people predict World Cup results. The state-backed Nederlandse Loterij is one of the operators to fall foul of the ruling by the Kansspelautoriteit, which said advertising on the sites violated its rules about targeting younger adult players. The biggest pools site, Scorito, has hundreds of thousands of players who can set up fantasy league games to predict the outcome of sporting events with friends, family... More >

Amsterdam wardens to get truncheons

Amsterdam plans to ask for official government permission to equip some of city centre council wardens with small truncheons as a defensive weapon, the Parool reported on Tuesday. The move, mayor Femke Halsema and finance chief Hester van Buren said, will allow the wardens to feel safer and better able to defend themselves in dangerous situations. The measure will only apply to city centre wardens because they have to deal with more aggressive situations, the council officials said. Truncheons will... More >

Royal family's colonial role in spotlight

King Willem-Alexander has commissioned an independent report into the role of the Oranje-Nassau family in Dutch colonial history. The report will take over a year to complete and will cover the period from the late 16th century to the post-colonial present, the state information service RVD said. ‘Far-reaching expertise on the past is essential to understand historical facts and developments and the impact on people and communities,’ the king said. The research team will be led by professor Gert Oostindie,... More >