Inspectorate of Security and Justice: follow-up of signals from the authorities involved in asylum and migration matters in order

The Inspectorate of Security and Justice [Inspectie Veiligheid en Justitie (IVenJ)] recently conducted a study into the follow-up of recognised signals from all the authorities involved in asylum and migration matters. The Inspectorate has concluded that the structure for reporting hard or soft signals to the intelligence or security services is in order at the police, the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary [Koninklijke Marechaussee], the Immigration and Naturalisation Service [IND] and the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers [COA]. This concerns asylum seekers-related signals that may be of importance in the fight against people smuggling, human trafficking and terrorism. On the basis of the information made available with regard to the general and targeted monitoring of the influx of asylum seekers in 2015, the Inspectorate has concluded that this was carried out in accordance with the instruction given, the frameworks provided and within the resources available. According to the services involved and following a study, the ensuing signals did not prompt any actual follow-up.  The Inspectorate presented the report to the Minister and State Secretary for Migration today.

On the basis of the most recent study, the Inspectorate will make a number of recommendations that will contribute to the continued improvement of following up the signals. Firstly, it is necessary to further develop the exchange of soft signals between the police, the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service and the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers.  Furthermore, the learning ability of the police, the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service and the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers must also be reinforced by means of a joint analysis of the signals mentioned. Finally, the coordination and coherence between the various joint ventures involved in the fight against people smuggling, human trafficking and terrorism must be improved. The improvement of the detection and follow-up of signals is a continuous process for the organisations involved.

At the request of the Minister and State Secretary for Migration, the Inspectorate of Security and Justice has been conducting various studies into the so-called ID lanes since November 2015.

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