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Asylum applications almost halved in 2016 in wake of Turkey deal
The number of people seeking asylum in the Netherlands fell by 46% in 2016, according to the latest official figures.
The immigration service IND said the fall from last year's peak of 58,900 was in large part a result of the deal struck between the EU and Turkey during the Netherlands' EU presidency, under which Turkey agreed to take in more Syrian refugees heading for Europe.
Rob van Lint, director of the IND, told NPO Radio 1: 'The deal was agreed in March and since then the influx of asylum seekers, especially from Syria, has gone down a lot.'
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