Asylum seekers

An asylum seeker is a person who has applied to the asylum authorities for protection from actual or feared persecution in his or her own country. While the asylum application is being considered, the individual stays in an asylum seekers’ centre belonging to the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA). If the asylum seeker shows signs of a psychiatric disorder during his or her stay, help is provided at the COA. Sometimes this proves to be insufficient.

In such cases the asylum seeker can receive assistance from Veldzicht. This may take place on a voluntary basis or may be a compulsory measure imposed by means of a detention order or court authorisation. Often the asylum seeker is struggling with a psychiatric disorder, a (suspected) post-traumatic stress disorder or symptoms of depression. Feelings of loss, loneliness and grief can result in self-harm or suicidal behaviour. During the treatment we try to alleviate the symptoms and complaints.

Asylum seekers stay on wards West 3, 4 or 5. We have 40 places available at Veldzicht to help asylum seekers suffering from psychiatric problems. At our De Beuk site we also offer all kinds of opportunities to support social reintegration. Wherever possible, asylum seekers are given the opportunity to leave the confines of the centre. If their emotional state has remained stable over a long period of time, they return to the asylum seekers’ centre.