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Netherlands: Residents question 'manageability' of planned refugee centre in Zwolle02:27

Netherlands: Residents question 'manageability' of planned refugee centre in Zwolle

Netherlands, Zwolle
January 21, 2016 at 02:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 900 inhabitants of Zwolle discussed a planned refugee centre with the city's mayor Henk Jan Meijer, Wednesday. The attendees were shown plans on the centre that is set to host around 800 refugees over a period of 15 years, and were able to express their concerns over its effect on the city.

Most of the attendees allegedly supported plans for the centre although many of them were against its location or had concerns about security issues. The mayor claimed that only a minority of the citizens were "against asylum seekers." 'The main questions asked were the scale and there were also some questions about safety,' Meijer added.

A resident in favour of the centre said, "I want to welcome refugees in my hometown, because I believe that I am lucky to be born here and somebody else is not so lucky and was born in a region where there is war."

As fears grow over the numbers of refugees in the Netherlands, support for far-right populist politician Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom (PVV) has sky-rocketed in recent months.

Polls conducted by Dutch public broadcaster NOS from January 9 have estimated that the PVV would take around 36 seats in the 150-seat Dutch Lower House if voting was to be held today. This would give Wilders the ability to form and potentially lead a coalition government.

Netherlands: Residents question 'manageability' of planned refugee centre in Zwolle02:27
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Around 900 inhabitants of Zwolle discussed a planned refugee centre with the city's mayor Henk Jan Meijer, Wednesday. The attendees were shown plans on the centre that is set to host around 800 refugees over a period of 15 years, and were able to express their concerns over its effect on the city.

Most of the attendees allegedly supported plans for the centre although many of them were against its location or had concerns about security issues. The mayor claimed that only a minority of the citizens were "against asylum seekers." 'The main questions asked were the scale and there were also some questions about safety,' Meijer added.

A resident in favour of the centre said, "I want to welcome refugees in my hometown, because I believe that I am lucky to be born here and somebody else is not so lucky and was born in a region where there is war."

As fears grow over the numbers of refugees in the Netherlands, support for far-right populist politician Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom (PVV) has sky-rocketed in recent months.

Polls conducted by Dutch public broadcaster NOS from January 9 have estimated that the PVV would take around 36 seats in the 150-seat Dutch Lower House if voting was to be held today. This would give Wilders the ability to form and potentially lead a coalition government.

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