About 27,000 people paid a visit to an asylum seekers’ centre on 23 September, National Open Asylum Seekers’ Centre Day.
Asylum seekers' centres all across the country opened their doors to the public to show what life is like in an asylum seekers' centre and to make contact between residents and people living in the vicinity. Open Asylum Seekers' Centre Day was organised by the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA), the Ministry of Security and Justice (Immigration and Nationalisation Service (IND) and the Repatriation and Departure Service ( DT&V)) and the Dutch Council for Refugees (VWN).
How is it possible that one family may indeed remain in the Netherlands and another may not? Why do people sometimes stay so long in an asylum seekers' centre? Why is it so difficult to deport people who may not remain? During the Open Asylum Seekers' Centre Day there was plenty of opportunity to ask IND, COA, DT&V and VWN questions. Many visitors took the opportunity to seek answers to these and other questions.
The reason for a collective open day at all locations is: to gain more support for refugees and for the organisations that enable admission, registration, reception, counselling and possible return of asylum seekers. Just as in 2015 and 2016, the Open Day was a success once again this year.
Want to know more about the Open Asylum Seekers' Centre Day? Then watch the film (voiceover in Dutch) about the Open Asylum Seekers' Centre Day in Katwijk.