As in Belgium, many people have had to sleep on the street in recent days in front of the registration centre for asylum seekers in Ter Apel, in the Netherlands, due to overcrowding.
About 250 asylum seekers had to sleep outside on Friday night and about 300 the previous night – a record. Police are monitoring the area to protect vulnerable people, including women, children and registration centre staff.
Reception centres for asylum seekers are overwhelmed in the Netherlands. Even those whose applications have been completed and who benefit from protection are often unable to benefit from housing due to the saturation of the reception system.
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Belgium is facing the same problem with large queues every day in front of the Petit Château in Brussels.