Refugees from Afghanistan temporarily received in hotel in Rotterdam city center

A group of 96 Afghan refugees will be accommodated in the Postillion hotel WTC Rotterdam in the near future. Liveable Rotterdam is feeling surprised.

The refugees, especially families, would stay here for at least four weeks. It concerns Afghans who have worked for the Netherlands and are at risk in Afghanistan since the Taliban came to power. They were able to flee to the Netherlands by means of Pakistan, where they were admitted without travel documents. The group of 176 Afghan refugees arrived Friday morning in Eindhoven, part of which is now being received in Rotterdam. After their stay in Rotterdam, the status holders are received at a different location. The COA (Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers) says that because of ‘the enormous capacity pressure in some cases hotel rooms are rented temporarily’. “The municipality and the security region will be informed about this, but the organization and responsibility lie with COA,” said a spokesperson. Leefbaar Rotterdam, the largest party in the city council, feels overwhelmed by the state of affairs. “The reception of asylum seekers is a competence of the municipality. But apparently this is all arranged by the cabinet outside the municipality,” says council member Simon Ceulemans. “We want to know exactly what happened here. The municipality should be involved in such decisions, right?” Liveable has requested a debate on the matter. The municipality of Rotterdam confirms the arrival of the refugees, but states that it is not a party. “We regard these people as hotel guests,” said a spokesperson. The Postillion Hotel in the
World Trade Center opened its doors last year and has 168 hotel rooms. An employee says that he is not allowed to provide information about the reception of the refugees. The Netherlands has received 2,475 Afghans since the end of August last year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wants to allow all Afghans to come to the Netherlands pass away, pick them up as soon as possible.
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