Room for at least 1,800 asylum seekers in Utrecht
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Although the province of Utrecht has had to deal with relatively few asylum seekers the last decade, this year it is prepared for the reception and accommodation of at least 7% of the 25,000 migrants that are on their way to the Netherlands.According to national statistics, at least 1796 beds are made available every year for asylum seekers in the province of Utrecht alone; that’s around 15 per 10,000 inhabitants. Utrecht fits well between the national average with regards to number of beds available. The provinces of Groningen and Flevoland having the most free beds available per inhabitant.
Remarkably, the least wealthy provinces have taken the most initiative to tackle poverty among the less fortunate by providing the most shelter. Smart provinces realise the economic benefit of providing shelter to these vulnerable sub groups although they admit that they are not in it for the money. Especially those who work in construction and property management are able to most profit from the influx.
The more wealthier provinces such as Heemstede, Bloemendaal and Blaricum mention that they have hardly received any requests from the Central Organ for Asylum Seekers (COA) for housing and shelter in recent years.