16 March 2020 – Suspended applications for asylum

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Type of Intervention: Border measures
Sectors Involved:
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The Dutch Government has temporarily suspended asylum applications in the Netherlands from 16 March 2020 until 6 April 2020. People who report for asylum are being registered e.g. undergoing fingerprinting and necessary background, medical and document checks, but cannot start the application process for asylum.

Temporary emergency accommodation has been set up in the meantime for those seeking asylum at military barracks in Zoutkamp to limit travel to asylum centres in the country.

The EU has also temporarily suspended the transfer of asylum seekers between EU Member States under the Dublin Regulation until at least the 6 April 2020, which is being followed by the Dutch Government.
Full details here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/kamerstukken/2020/03/20/tk-uitwerking-van-de-maatregelen-in-de-asielketen-met-betrekking-tot-het-coronavirus