Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Overcrowded Asylum Centers

The number of people seeking asylum is on the rise again, but the shelters are already so overcrowded with asylum seekers covered by the ‘general pardon’, that it is becoming impossible to admit additional people. In the past six years many asylum centers were closed because of decreasing numbers. Since 2005 the number has been rising again, but that is not the problem. The problem is that people already in the centers are not leaving. Asylum seekers who are covered by the ‘general pardon’ can stay in the center until they find permanent housing. In addition, people who are waiting for a verdict can stay in the center until a decision has been made.

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