Asylum seekers are sleeping on camp beds and chairs in Ter Apel again, a shortage for a whole month


The spokesperson does not know exactly how many people have slept on camp beds or chairs. There are about 150 camp beds in Ter Apel, the spokesperson estimates that people also sleep on dozens of chairs, or perhaps even more. Incidentally, it is not necessarily always the same people who sleep on the camp beds and chairs.

The big problem is the reception throughout the country, and that is visible at Ter Apel, says the spokesperson. Anyone who enters must first register in Ter Apel. After that, they should go to a regular asylum seekers center or temporary reception center. The COA has a total of 30,000 beds, but they are all occupied. “There is not much air in it. The pressure is very high at the moment.”

This pressure is expected to decrease slightly in November, in view of the influx and the expected space that will be added to municipalities. But that’s no more than an expectation.

Last week a fight broke out among asylum seekers in Ter Apel who were housed in an IND desk. Normally a waiting room and registration place, but now temporarily used as a place to sleep out of emergency.

Barracks and Hotels

Ter Apel is the first place where asylum seekers can register when they arrive in the Netherlands. It looks at where people can go.

Various Defense locations are currently being prepared for emergency reception. In addition, the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) approaches municipalities, hotels and holiday parks for temporary shelter.


Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.

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