Who initiated the project? What is the outcome?
While Amsterdam’s “Free In, Free Out” firewall policy began in 2013, it was extended to other Dutch municipalities and introduced nationally in 2015. Scholars point towards some of its limitations, most notably that the policy exists largely as an informal arrangement. But overall, they recognise it as a European best practice for safe reporting. These studies also highlight how these measures stem from both pragmatic and rights-based arguments.
Are there any other supportive measures?
Less well known, but equally pertinent, are the municipality’s arrangements with local police to not carry out patrols around local organisations that provide legal counselling and other forms of assistance to non-documented migrants. This practice is based on an informal decision of the police senior management and agreement with the mayor. It is also common in a few other Dutch cities (e.g., Utrecht).
Related inspiring approaches
Amsterdam:The City of Amsterdam Administration’s Culture of Welcome – refugee perspectives on policy implementation and design
Amsterdam:Amsterdam’s support for non-documented migrants – a fresh start in adversity
For undocumented migrants
Amsterdam:The “Amsterdam Approach” – inclusion measures for newcomers with refugee status
Welcoming and social inclusion