Number of asylum seekers waiting for assessment reaches near record high | NOW

The number of asylum seekers waiting for an assessment is almost at a record high, reports NOS. There are now 29,460 people waiting, just 180 fewer than after the 2015 asylum crisis. NOS is based on figures from the European statistical office Eurostat.

And that while the number of asylum applications is now many times lower than in 2015. In the first half of this year, approximately 20,000 asylum applications were made. In 2015, for example, there were almost 60,000.

The number of waiting asylum seekers is expected to rise further to 35,000. They occupy places in the already overcrowded asylum seekers’ centres.

In June it turned out that about six thousand asylum seekers have been waiting for more than six months for a decision about their stay. That is six times as many as in January. The cabinet will extend the decision period from six months to fifteen months.

Of the nearly 30,000 waiting, a third come from Syria. Earlier this month, IND director Christine Nijkamp argued in favor of giving people the benefit of the doubt more quickly. “You give people from Syria access unless there are other factors that would prevent them from getting it,” Nijkamp told One today.

Syrian refugees are allowed to stay here in almost all cases because it is dangerous in their home country. However, they also have to go through a thorough procedure.

What does the IND do?

  • The IND is the body that assesses asylum applications. The service also helps people who want to take on Dutch nationality (naturalisation).
  • Asylum seekers are awaiting their application in asylum seekers’ centers (AZC).
  • If the IND decides that someone is allowed to stay, then this person is a status holder. He or she is then assigned a house by municipalities. Because this is not possible due to the stalled housing market, many status holders are still in asylum seekers’ centres.

IND needs stable income

According to the Justice and Security Inspectorate, the IND must be given sufficient money, people and time to do its work properly. But that message is certainly not new: the IND has been dealing with backlogs and crowds for years.

For example, in 2020 there was already a large pile of asylum applications. That year, the IND attempted to eliminate all those asylum applications in one go. A special team had to get rid of all these 15,350 cases in a year. Despite fast and hard work, this was not entirely successful.

What the organization seems to need above all is stable financing. Because only then can the IND hire and train people on time. This prevents backlogs said then director Annelore Roelofs last year.

The IND now receives money based on the expected number of asylum applications. Sometimes there are suddenly more asylum applications, for example when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. The IND then does not have enough people to treat them quickly, which increases the waiting times.

The asylum crisis in the Netherlands explained

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