Do foreign nationals ever end up on the streets?
Yes, we can't always prevent this. This concerns one of these three situations:
- Foreign nationals will stay at a reception centre for as long as they await approval of their asylum application. During this time, they are free to come and go as they please. In other words, they can also leave the reception centre without telling us.
Foreign nationals who have exhausted all appeals, are not entitled to stay in the Netherlands. Despite this, they don't always want to work on their departure. If they keep this up for long enough, they are no longer eligible for reception in the Netherlands. Then they must leave our country. If they don't, they end up on the streets.
- During the departure-related interviews, we sometimes pick up signals indicating that a foreign national would rather disappear and live here illegally, than leave. When we suspect this and have met the conditions, the foreign national will be placed in detention and transferred to a detention location. This is where the foreign national will stay until we have organised the actual departure. This way we make sure the foreign national does not end up on the streets.
- When a foreign national has been placed in detention, they do not have residence papers and are not entitled to stay in the Netherlands. We want to help them leave the country as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we may not always be able to organise the actual departure. This could be because the foreign national does not want to tell us who he or she is or where he or she comes from and because we are unable to get a (replacement) travel document/border-crossing document. If we cannot organise a fast departure, we are not allowed to keep the foreign national in detention any longer. Before before they leave detention, we inform the foreign national that he or she must still leave the country. But if they don't leave our country at that point in time, they end up on the streets.