Differential treatment of specific nationalities in reception


Country Report: Differential treatment of specific nationalities in reception Last updated: 30/11/20


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In general, no distinction is made on grounds of nationality in the Netherlands. However, the State Secretary announced at the end of 2016 that asylum seekers from safe countries of origin will have a limited right to reception. This was a reaction to complaints about asylum seekers originating from North African countries,[1] which could be linked to the opening of the two special reception centres (EBTL) for asylum seekers causing nuisance by the end of 2017, though it is not formally linked to any nationality and in practice only half of the applicants place in the EBTL originated from safe countries. At the end of 2019, the State Secretary again announced she wanted to open separate reception locations for applicants originating from safe countries of origin. However, at this point there have been no concrete plans for these locations.[2]

[1]State Secretary, Letter No 19637/2268, 13 December 2016.

[2]Secretary of State, Letter KST19637 2572, 18 December 2019.


Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation