GENEVA (12 November 2018) – UN human rights experts* have expressed serious concerns about the prevalence of racism in the Dutch welfare system, citing the case of a family of refugees of African descent living in the Netherlands whose children were forcibly removed from their parents’ care.
Charles Taylor in his work on interculturalism points out that in order to redefine nations that embrace diversity, we need a story. This paper aims to offer a particular story of refugee integration in the Netherlands through the example of De Voorkamer, a grassroots initiative located in Lombok, one of the most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in the city of Utrecht. The initiative aims to enhance the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in ways that counter ‘bureaucratic processes of integration’.
The duration of asylum procedures is significantly increasing in the Netherlands, despite steady numbers of asylum seekers arriving in the country. According to a brief submitted to the Parliament (Tweede Kamer) by the Dutch Council for Refugees, the waiting time for applicants to start the procedure with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has risen to 20 weeks, compared to 8 weeks at the beginning of last year.
Twenty-one humanitarian and human rights organizations respond with dismay to the Dutch Parliament’s approval of the EU’s new asylum plans to offshore asylum protection. With a joint appeal, they ask the government for a humane asylum policy, in line with international law.
The budget that the government allocated last year for She Decides – to preserve family planning services – has benefited women in a number of countries, including Ethiopia, Yemen, Mali, Bangladesh and Mozambique. She Decides has also supported several programmes covering multiple countries, such as the West African region as a whole. The Netherlands is spending a total of €29 million on She Decides in 2017 and 2018.
Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, the number of people in immigration detention is on the rise after years of decline, in a detention regime that maintains its punitive character, routinely depriving irregular migrants of their rights.
Netherlands – The number of migrants opting for voluntary departure from the Netherlands to their countries of origin with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is growing.
Under the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme from the Netherlands, 538 migrants were assisted in the month of June, compared to 429 in May. In the first half of the year, over 2,500 migrants departed under the programme – a 100 percent increase compared to the first six months of 2015, when 1,288 departed voluntarily from the Netherlands with IOM assistance.
The Netherlands has contributed more than $2 billion to the work of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide loans, grants and technical assistance that help the poor and vulnerable in Asia and the Pacific.
Updated yearly, this ADB Fact Sheet provides information on the Netherlands' contributions to ADB in terms of capital subscription and funding, the country’s delegates to ADB, and the involvement of Dutch companies and consultants in ADB projects.
Source: Reuters - Sat, 10 Oct 2015 17:02 GMT
AMSTERDAM, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Saturday condemned an attack by masked men on a shelter housing Syrian refugees, the country's worst such incident since large numbers of migrants began arriving in Europe this year.
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New measures by central government will help local authorities create more housing in the short term for asylum seekers with residence permits. For instance, instead of selling its vacant buildings, the Central Government Real Estate Agency will offer to lease them to municipalities. They can convert the buildings into both self-contained and shared accommodation.
The Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Minister for Housing and the Central Government Sector to use the legal scope for social innovation, so that housing associations can manage properties that they do not own.
The Netherlands government has said it supports the groundbreaking concept of forecast-based financing, intended to facilitate humanitarian action before disaster strikes and now being piloted in several African countries and planned for others worldwide.
The Netherlands becomes the second country after Germany to back the concept; other donor governments such as the US and the UK have also shown interest in the programmes being developed by the Red Cross in Ethiopia, Togo and Uganda, with technical support from the German Red Cross and the Climate Centre.
The aim of this project is to ascertain how businesses and governments in eight global cities are contributing towards the integration of migrant and refugee populations, either through specialized outreach programmes, the provision of services or targeted funding of nongovernmental organizations, and to what extent these contributions can be deepened or expanded. Perhaps a more important goal is to determine whether and how business and cities are currently working together to create opportunities for migrants and refugees and deepen their integration into society.
KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 17 (UNHCR) – When Mohammed Humed fled from Eritrea to the famous Sudanese tourist destination of Kassala, he was not going on holidays. He was looking for a better life, one providing safety and peace.
"We left because we could see there was no freedom or sustainable future," said Mohammed, who is now 17-years-old and has succeeded in the three years since arriving in eastern Sudan better than he ever could have expected.
Returns to South-Central Somalia Would Contravene UN Refugee Guidelines
(New York, February 21, 2013) – The Dutch government should not deport Somalis to any part of south-central Somalia, including Mogadishu, until security improves substantially, and the UN refugee agency has issued new guidelines, Human Rights Watch said today. In mid-February 2013, Dutch authorities said they planned to deport two rejected Somali asylum seekers, originally from Mogadishu, back to Somalia on February 20 and 23.
International cooperation minister Ben Knapen has announced how the Netherlands will help developing countries solve their water problems over the next few years. At a meeting today with Dutch water sector representatives, he presented the plans outlined in his policy letter ‘Water for Development’.
‘Women represent 50% of human capital. It is in every country’s interest to make sure that they are actively involved in society, the economy and political decision-making.’ These words were spoken by Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal in Leiden on Monday afternoon when he attended the launch of the second National Action Plan to implement Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Mr Rosenthal stressed the importance of women’s leadership and political involvement in peacebuilding efforts in conflict-affected areas.
Between now and 2013, the Netherlands will invest €163.5 million in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. On Monday 11 July, Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen spoke with Professor Michel Kazatchkine, the executive director of the Fund, about the Netherlands’ contribution.
Mr Knapen expressed his appreciation for the good results the Fund has achieved, due in part to Dutch support. The Fund’s programmes are estimated to have saved more than 6.5 million lives over the past 10 years.