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Opposition parties lash out at asylum deal
by Janene Van Jaarsveldt
The coalition has, after 9 days of crisis meetings, finally reached a compromise on what to do with failed asylum seekers that both parties can live with. But this "good compromise" is getting much criticism from the opposition, with some parties going so far to say that it does not solve anything.
Failed asylum seekers that cooperate with the process of sending them back to their home country will be given bed, bath and bread in one of six municipalities – Amsterdam, Eindhoven, the Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht and Ter Apel. This satisfies the PvdA's humanitarian needs. But they will only be given this for a limited amount of time, and if they do not cooperate, they will be put out on the streets. This works with the VVD's demands for a stricter policy on failed asylum seekers.
Concessions were made by both of the coalition parties and they are calling it a good compromise. But the compromise still has a lot of loose ends. Like how long exactly will the "cooperative asylum seekers" be allowed to stay in the six asylum centers? And how does the fact that uncooperative asylum seekers being put back on the street really solve any of the problems the Netherlands is facing?
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