Do not take the children of the asylum ship in Vilsen-Nord from De Fakkel primary school in Heemskerk at the moment. This says director Lyke Seriese, now that it’s almost time to leave the ship. She says children also need to know quickly where they are going to live. Mayor Diels van Velsen reiterated today that he will certainly not be on board.
Seriese defends the interests of children with its appeal. “Because children keep moving, their learning process starts again and again and is unnecessarily delayed. In addition, the structural uncertainty around where they are creates an obstacle to properly assimilating lesson material,” says the primary school principal.
You think more moving to new reception sites will undo the good work. “The children in our school are doing very well. They have completed their arrival period well and are well on their way to processing materials. They have established contact with students, staff and the school and they feel safe and seen.”
One easy way to solve the problem is to leave the asylum ship for a longer time in Vilsen-Nord. But local politicians don’t like it at all at the moment.
On the first of March, you must leave the ship. Is the door ajar? That door is closed as far as I’m concerned’
So it will be a controversial decision. Before the ship arrived, there was one protest marchpeople asked, “Why always here? As a concession, Mayor Frank Diels promised from the start: The March 1 end date wouldn’t be changed.
Until today he has not deviated from this position. Diels: “I was trusted by the government who needed emergency shelter. Now I am trusted by the people of Vilsen. The agreement is March 1, then you must leave the ship. Isn’t the door open? This door is something closed like so far as I am concerned.”
This position can depend on the approval of other local representatives. Leo Ardenberg, a florist in Vilsen-Nord but also a municipal councilor on behalf of the LGV, says to “take his hat off” to the mayor.
Aardenburg: “Did Dales say that? It’s not so bad. I’ve heard all sorts of noises that everything is being tried to keep the ship here longer, because it’s going so well. This is the picture that is being painted in the media that Dales is now bound to carry out the agreement, or else He has no credibility at all. I don’t feel like sitting in the council room with Pinocchio.”
“A ship can only stay if there is strong evidence from the community that the residents want it to.”
Nor are the other parties interested in a longer stay. PvdA leader Ahmet Karateki: “I assume that the government will come up with other solutions after March 1, but we must not lose sight of the human aspect of children and their parents.”
For CDA parliamentary party leader Cess Centeni, the stay of asylum seekers can only last longer “if the desire of the population for the ship to remain is strongly expressed by the community.”
Sentini: “The idea of leaving the asylum ship at Vilsen-Nord for a longer period of time cannot at all come from politics. Vilsen’s confidence in politics is already not great. If the ship stays behind after March 1, we are already unreliable.”
Whatever happens, as long as a place is found for the children and their families, Primary School Principal Siri stresses: “For the sake of development and well-being, it is essential that we provide those children who now live on the ship with a place where they can continue to pursue education until they move to a regular primary school.” .
There is no new asylum law yet
The asylum ship has been a temporary emergency shelter since last September. The intention was that, in the meantime, other reception places would be set up in municipalities throughout the Netherlands, so that reception on board would not be necessary. But the new asylum law that should guarantee this has not yet been implemented.
The Council of State has to give advice and then the law still has to be passed by the House and the Senate. Only then can the government force all municipalities in the Netherlands to take in asylum seekers.
“If all parties want it, it can be done quickly,” says spokesman for Foreign Minister Eric van der Burgh. It is about asylum seekers.