Businessman Returns from Vacation, Finds 40 Illegal Migrant Squatters in Property
Dutch man discovers group of aggressive failed 'asylum seekers' living in his property
A Dutch business owner has returned from vacation to find a group of illegal migrants living in his property who refuse to leave.
Last week, Dutch entrepreneur Salih Ozcan returned to Amsterdam to discover 40 failed "asylum seekers" squatting on his building.
The migrants are part of the We Are Here group, whose asylum requests have been rejected by the Netherlands Government, but they refuse to leave the country.
In a bizarre confrontation, Mr. Ozcan visited his business’s location in Westpoort to speak to the migrants, who then became aggressive and ordered him to leave his own building.
According to Amsterdam’s TV station AT5, Ozcan’s says evicted the previous tenant of the building in January this year.
The entrepreneur has since refurbished the site and was planning to use it for his car company.
Ozcan was stunned to see that the place had been completely trashed by the 40 failed asylum seekers who had been squatting there.
While telling reporters about the heaps of trash at the front entrance, Ozcan said, “This is too crazy for words.
"Only rats and mice would live here.”
Video from the scene caught by AT5 shows angry African migrants aggressively confronting Ozcan along with the TV station’s camera crew.
Ironically, the migrants threatened to phone the police if Ozcan – the owner of the property – and the TV crew didn’t leave immediately.
“Do I have to leave my own building?” Ozcan asked with horror.
Eventually, he gave up and left the building’s premises before the police got involved.
“It’s a very bad feeling. I have no words for it at all,” Ozcan said, adding:
“I can understand those people somewhat, but they don’t understand me at all.
"Unbelievable... That this is possible in such a country.”
Local police stated that they couldn’t respond specifically to the case just yet, but that would not be dealing with the problem as if it was urgent.
Generally, owners of buildings which are being squatted in must wait six weeks before evacuation procedures can begin.
The We Are Here group has squatted in several premises in Amsterdam since being formed six years ago.
Its 180 members are in the country illegally, having exhausted the asylum claims procedure, but refuse to return to their home countries.
Their ongoing campaign to be given shelter has divided Amsterdam’s political parties.
GroenLinks, the leading party in the city’s coalition, wants to establish a permanent 24-hour shelter for undocumented migrants.
While the VVD and CDA argue they should be given no assistance and the police should be sent in to evict squatters.