The nature of incidents of violence and aggression in asylum seekers’ centres

The nature of incidents of violence and aggression in asylum seekers’ centres

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Summary

In 2015, the Netherlands were confronted with a strong increase in asylum applications. This high number of asylum seekers arriving in the country increased the pressure on the reception centres of The Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA). At the same time, an increasing number of incidents of violence and aggression were reported in the reception centres for asylum seekers (for example in the regular asylum seekers’ centres (azc), in the reception locations for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers (amv), and in the emergency accommodation).
The aim of this research report was to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the nature of incidents of violence and aggression in asylum seekers’ centres?;
  2. To what extent do COA‐employees feel fully equipped to prevent or handle these incidents of violence and aggression in COA reception locations, and;
  3. How could (new) insights be implemented to help prevent or effectively resolve incidents of violence and aggression in the future?

Publication data

Author(s):
Ufkes, E.G., Zebel, S., Besten, A. den
Organization(s):
University of Twente - Faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Sciences, WODC
Place of publication:
Enschede
Publisher:
University of Twente - Faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Sciences
Year of publication:
2017

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