Asylum reception distribution law not yet lifted

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The law that should make it possible to force municipalities to receive asylum seekers, if necessary, may not be over yet.

Although it previously seemed that the bill would be declared controversial, a majority seems to be emerging in the House to deal with the plans before the parliamentary elections on November 22. CDA and SP still want to discuss the bill, which means that a majority for the debate is in sight.

The law seemed off the table after the fall of the cabinet, when the VVD withdrew its support because the measures to limit the influx were also called off. Outgoing State Secretary Van der Burg said after the fall of the cabinet that he no longer counted on the law.

This should lead to a fairer distribution of asylum seekers across municipalities. The plan is that municipalities that receive more asylum seekers than they should receive extra money. If municipalities do nothing in this area, the government can force them by law to receive asylum seekers anyway.

The Justice and Security Committee in the House of Representatives will decide tomorrow whether the law will be discussed in the near future.

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