Felt tip pens to refugee centers The Netherlands


In April 2020, we donated a large amount of felt-tip pens to the asylum seekers' centers in the Netherlands. Last week we paid a visit to AZC Gilze. 900 refugees reside at this location. Many of them have to wait for years in these centers for a residence permit as the length of these procedures is often very long. The visit made a great impression on us. All the people we met have been waiting there for days, weeks, years for clarity. In the meantime, life stands still and there is no future perspective.


Our donation was used to entertain the children during the Corona crisis. All daytime activities were stopped so coloring was an important activity.


Here are several details in a row. And hopefully you realize that  each number is about people, each with his or her own story. 


In 2019, 22.000 asylum seekers submitted an asylum application for the first time in the Netherlands. Syria is again the country of origin with the most asylum seekers (16%) in 2019, followed by Nigeria (9%) and Iran (7%) ).



675,000 asylum seekers applied for protection in an EU country in 2019, almost 75,000 more than in 2018. Germany and France together receive more than 40% of these. 76,265 Syrians sought protection in the EU.