>> Bed, bath, and bread. This is one Dutch city's solution for housing migrants. The shelter, a converted hospital ship, floats on a canal in Groningen, in the north of the country. Hopes of settling on dry land are fading for the asylum seekers on board with the anti-immigrant right predicted to do well at the ballot box next week.
The city counselor opened the facility in January, after the government of the conservative Prime Minister Mark Rutte, cut off the funding.>>
> Saying that they would just wipe their hands of it. To me, that's an incomprehensible situation. We then decided with the huge majority, to provide the shelter out of our own funds to make sure these people don't end up on the street.
>> Immigration is a hot topic in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Polls suggests the nationalist ticket will double its vote on March 15th. Many voters feels the Netherlands is in jeopardy from Muslim immigrants, despite statistics showing that perception greatly outstrips reality. The far right surge in popularity could mean ventures like this become few and far between.