Nearly 60,000 Migrants and Refugees Now Being Housed in Former Dutch Prisons

“We were looking for reception centers when the Justice Ministry asked us to look into empty prisons,” Alet Bouwmeester, a spokeswoman at COA (a government agency responsible for housing asylum seekers), told ABC News in a phone interview. “Although much had to be rebuilt, we realized there was a possibility with the prisons,” Bouwmeester added. Some asylum-seekers like the privacy it gives them,” Bouwmeester said.

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