Monday, May 29, 2017

Dutch Deputy Mayor Goes into Hiding in UK after Threats

Deputy Mayor Bouke Arends of Emmen has been in hiding in the UK for three weeks after the Dutch public prosecution told him that his life was in danger.  The prosecution linked the threats to the closure of the local home of the motorclub, No Surrender.  This closure occurred after the police told him that structural crimes such as drug trade and violence took place at the motorclub.  No arrests were made.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Netherlands is Down to 15th Place in the World Children’s Rights Index

The Netherlands is now in the 15th place in the latest International League Table.  This Table was established by the KidsRights Foundation at Rotterdam Erasmus University.  The study lists 165 countries on how they adhere to international standards for children’s rights.  Two years ago the Netherlands was in 2nd place.  Now it is behind countries such as Thailand, Tunisia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Asylum Seekers Jump from One Country to Another

The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) last year identified twice as many asylum seekers who were seeking asylum in two or more asylum countries. In 2016, more than 10,000 were identified as opposed to 4,800 in 2015. Yet the Service does not catch them due to the fact that before they can be caught they have already moved to another country.