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Hundreds of Afghans waiting to be brought to the Netherlands

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Hundreds of Afghans waiting to be brought to the Netherlands

Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra announced that there are 496 more people waiting to be evacuated from Afghanistan to the Netherlands.

Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra, in a written statement to the Dutch Parliament regarding the first year of the Taliban’s domination in Afghanistan, stated that there are 496 Afghans waiting to be brought to the Netherlands.

It was noted in the statement that 2,299 people have been brought from Afghanistan to the Netherlands since July 2021, and it was noted that 256 of the 496 people waiting to be evacuated still could not leave Afghanistan, while the others were waiting to be brought to the Netherlands in the surrounding countries.

Most of those awaiting evacuation are reported to be local workers and their families, who have served as security and interpreters at various Dutch missions in Afghanistan.

Reminding that the number of Afghans waiting to be evacuated in May exceeded 1000, it was noted that 507 people could be brought to the Netherlands in July after the Pakistani government allowed those without passports to travel.

The government randomly chooses

Dutch local media reported criticism that the government was slow to evacuate Afghans and that those to be evacuated were chosen “at random”.

In the news, which referred to the criticism that it is not clear who can be evacuated from Afghanistan, the report cited as an example that 10 people working in Afghanistan for Europol, the European Union Police Service, were not allowed to be evacuated to the Netherlands.

It was emphasized that lawyers and representatives of non-governmental organizations found it unlawful that Afghans, whose release was refused, did not have the right to appeal to any authority.

Migration continues

While the wave of immigration to Iran and Turkey started in the first place, many countries evacuated their citizens and local employees from Afghanistan due to the fear of conflicts and change of administration during the period when the Taliban came to power. Among them were people from all parts of the country, such as former administration soldiers, journalists, human rights and civil society activists, as well as translators and security guards.

Although the Taliban has slowed down the migration by promising to protect the security of life and property to the people and the former elites, migration from Afghanistan continues.

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Population growth due to immigration in the Netherlands is alarming

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Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.

Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.

According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.

A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.

The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.

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The number of electric cars in the Netherlands has tripled since 2020

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Automotive industry groups report that the number of electric cars registered in the Netherlands has nearly tripled in two and a half years.

It was shared that there are more than 300,000 electric passenger cars registered across the country. This figure was below 108,000 at the beginning of 2020.

About 20 percent of all electric cars on Dutch roads were produced by Tesla, with the Model 3 being the most popular. The second most popular brand was Volkswagen with 12.5 percent of the number of electric cars available on the roads, followed by Kia with just over 9 percent.

So, what brand of vehicles do those who have bought or will buy electric cars among our followers use? We are waiting your comments.

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Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport

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Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport

Robert Carsouw, chief financial officer of Schiphol Airport, said that after the final salary negotiations, they plan to make a new offer to the security guards within two weeks.

Carsouw stated that there will be no improvement in the chaotic long queues at the airport in a short time. Schiphol will also take action to improve working conditions to make airport security jobs more attractive.

Airport management has started discussions with the ministry and security companies to find out what is needed to attract more security guards. At this point, in addition to salaries, two more criticisms emerged: Carsouw stated that the security guards had difficulties in scheduling working hours, especially due to irregular shifts, and that they needed a place to rest during breaks, and that the airport started working on both issues.

The FNV labor union had previously reported that security guards were looking for work elsewhere after the temporary summer bonus disappeared in September. Joost van Doesburg, FNV’s Schiphol campaign manager, said many security guards wanted to leave the airport because of this.

Schiphol Airport last week called on airlines to cancel their flights to contain the crowds in the departure lounges. Following the recent cancellations, Schiphol offered the airlines 350 euros in compensation per canceled passenger.

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