Dutch prisons are so empty they're being turned into homes for refugees

View of the former Bijlmerbajes prison, transformed into both "The Movement Hotel", staffed and run by asylum-seekers, and a center for asylum-seekers, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 19, 2017. Picture taken on September 19, 2017.  REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares

Thanks to plummeting crime rates, Dutch authorities have come up with new ways to use the vacant cell blocks. Image: REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares

Rob Smith
Writer, Forum Agenda
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how Migration is affecting economies, industries and global issues
A hand holding a looking glass by a lake
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale
Stay up to date:


Image: Philippe Bro Photography and Me_Marie
Image: Philippe Bro Photography and Me_Marie
Image: Hostel Celica
Have you read?
Don't miss any update on this topic

Create a free account and access your personalized content collection with our latest publications and analyses.

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:
MigrationGlobal GovernanceEducation, Skills and Learning
World Economic Forum logo
Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe today

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

Forced displacement is at a record high – and so is the data we have on it

Björn Gillsäter

August 7, 2023

About Us



Partners & Members

  • Join Us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2023 World Economic Forum