The Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) is expected to pay 17 million euros in penalty payments in 2020 to asylum seekers who have to wait too long for their procedure. State Secretary of Justice and Security Ankie Broekers-Knol announced this in a letter to the Lower House on Monday.

Asylum seekers who have to wait too long for their proceedings can apply for compensation through the courts. Due to the long waiting times at the IND, these amounts are increasing: in 2019 the amount of compensation is estimated at 5.5 million euros, and in 2020 at 17 million euros.

Broekers-Knol expresses its concern about this high amount in the letter, in which it also announces that an external investigation into the IND is being initiated. This investigation must show what is wrong with the service and how the asylum procedure can be improved in the short term.