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Dutch Minister of Migration to add to list of safe countries of origin

Dutch Minister of Migration, Mr Dijkhoff, has informed the Dutch Lower House by letter that he is adding Algeria, Georgia, Ukraine and Tunisia to the list of safe countries of origin.

Applications from asylum seekers from safe countries of origin are handled with priority. Furthermore, from 1 March, they will be subject to an accelerated procedure, which will consist of a single hearing. Applications from asylum seekers from a safe country will be rejected as manifestly unfounded. Among other things, this means that asylum seekers whose applications have been refused are not allowed to wait for the outcome of their appeal in the Netherlands and must leave the country immediately. They are furthermore no longer entitled to accommodation. Asylum seekers from safe countries of origin will, however, be given the opportunity to show why, in this specific situation, their country may not be safe, but will have to do more to make a plausible case for needing protection.


A country is seen as a safe country of origin if there is no persecution on the grounds, for instance, or race or religion, and an absence of torture or inhumane treatment. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Servia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Morocco, Mongolia and Senegal were already on the safe countries list, as were other countries in Europe, Oceania and America. State Secretary Dijkhoff has added Algeria, Georgia, Ukraine and Tunisia.

You can find more information on rijksoverheid.nl.​

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