In In an old Amsterdam District Office 140 rejected asylum seekers live together in the old offices on three separate floors. There is a womens floor and two mens floors.The group is a mixture of people originating from Niger, Sudan, Somalia, Ghana and more countries.
The Netherlands has a policy of evicting failed asylum seekers from refugee centres if they refuse to cooperate with their deportation. Refugee organization Vluchtelingenwerk estimates some 5,000 would-be refugees are turned out onto the street every year. Many of them remain in the country and live illegally. Several hundred high profile failed asylum seekers are currently squatting or living in temporary accommodation. They say they cannot return home because it is unsafe or because they don’t have proper papers.