Last year, a total of 2,723 repeated asylum applications were submitted, almost a quarter less than in 2018. At that time, 3564 asylum seekers applied.
Despite the decline, the hopeless repeated asylum applications for Broekers-Knol are “a thorn in the eye”. “We must discourage this type of abuse and improper use of the asylum procedure as much as possible,” writes the minister. Broekers-Knol calls it “undesirable” that asylum seekers may continue to litigate time and again and in the meantime are entitled to reception.
To date, the government has barely been able to get hold of asylum seekers who litigate again and again who, with hopeless applications, save time and receive reception. It is precisely these asylum seekers, often from safe countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, that cause a lot of inconvenience. The decline in repeated applications is therefore a boost for the State Secretary.
Request no longer by mail
According to Broekers-Knol, this decrease has to do with a new working method of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND). This method means that since July 2019 asylum seekers who wish to submit a repeated application must go to the application center in Ter Apel themselves. The application can then no longer be made by post. In addition, the service no longer needs to conduct an interview if the application is assessed as having no chance.
Furthermore, the IND does not process an application if an applicant does not ensure that the file is complete. That happened in 30 percent of the cases in 2019, according to data from the Ministry of Justice and Security.
Despite the discouraging approach, the VVD minister wants repeated asylum applications to be taken seriously if the circumstances of an asylum seeker have changed. “The most important thing is that we get the hopeless applications out as quickly as possible, that we decide quickly and that we make sure that people don’t benefit from submitting a hopeless application.”
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