The newly opened emergency shelter for asylum seekers in Gorinchem is almost full. There are now 280 people and there is room for 300. The Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) says that the emergency location in the former tax office in the Gildenwijk is in order. Most asylum seekers have just arrived in the Netherlands and come from countries such as Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
The COA has to move to locations such as the tax office in Gorinchem for emergency shelter because the pressure on the shelter in Ter Apel has become too great. The asylum seekers center in Groningen is overcrowded. In recent days, the asylum seekers have been taken to Gorinchem by bus. They can stay there for a maximum of four weeks.
It is a sober shelter with rooms furnished with bunk beds and lockers. There are communal kitchens where residents can cook. According to COA location manager Angela Fine, it is especially important that people get rest. They are often only just in the country, after a long journey here. There are also families.
Meanwhile, the volunteers of the KLIK Gorinchem foundation are preparing to offer help to the asylum seekers. They will be organizing activities from Wednesday, says coordinator Arjanne Rijneveld. From coffee moments to sporting activities. They are still busy planning. “Many people from the region have offered to help the asylum seekers.”
Other municipalities in the Rijnmond region also support the COA. People will soon also be taken care of in the municipalities of Nissewaard and Krimpen aan den IJssel. Rotterdam is going to accommodate status holders on a river cruise ship in South Rotterdam.