Amsterdam to use cruise ship to accommodate migrants

2022-09-12T22:42:24+00:00 September 12th, 2022|Safety|

Amsterdam is planning to moor a cruise ship in the city to help overcome an accommodation crisis.

The unnamed vessel will be berthed in Amsterdam for at least six months, according to local reports.

Rotterdam has already moored a cruise ship in the port to house migrants.

Amsterdam’s vessel should be available from 1st October.

The city’s Alderman, Rutger Groot Wassink described the cruise ship as a temporary short-term solution and said the Dutch government needed to work with municipalities to reform the country’s asylum system.

One reason behind the crisis is a nationwide housing shortage, local media said.

The Dutch Migration Minister, Eric van der Burg, added: “Temporary large-scale accommodation is very important to restore calm to asylum accommodation.”