One step in a long line of many to take…
Sources also told the Telegraaf that in future the residency permit granted to refugees will only be valid for three years, instead of the current five years. After three years, the authorities will investigate whether it is possible for the asylum seeker to return to his or her home country. If that is not the case, the residency permit will be extended by two years. After five years, asylum seekers who still meet all the requirements for refugee status, can apply for a residency permit that is valid for an indefinite period.
NEW DUTCH GOV’T EXPECTED TO BOOST SECURITY SPENDING; SHORTEN ASYLUM SEEKER RESIDENCY
By Janene Pieters on October 9, 2017 – 10:16
As the new Dutch government prepares to present its government agreement, more and more of the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie’s plans are leaking to the press. On Monday we’ve learned that the new government plans more changes to the asylum policy and is giving more money to security.
According to the Telegraaf, the new government is increasing the budget for the ‘legal chain’, which includes the police and Public Prosecutor, every year. In 2019 the chain will receive 430 million euros extra, and that amount will increase to almost half a billion euros by the end of the cabinet period.
A large part of that money is destined for the police. The Rutte III cabinet is investing a total of 270 million euros into community police officers. And 60 million euros of the extra money is intended for the fight against cybercrime, according to the newspaper.
As far as the asylum policy is concerned, the new government wants to limit the number of times an asylum seeker can re-apply for asylum in the Netherlands. If re-application documents show that the asylum seeker has no chance at success, there will not be an additional hearing, according to the newspaper. The intention behind this is to reduce pressure on the judiciary.