The Netherlands is tightening the rules on asylum because it hasn't enough money, housing and jobs for all the poor refugees flooding in.
Holland is a historic haven for the oppressed. It sheltered the Pilgrims, who fled religious persecution in England, before they sailed for the New World.A decade ago, in 1980, only 1,330 people claimed refugee status in the Netherlands. This year, the number is expected to reach 20,000 and the government threatens to jail aliens who make unjustified requests for asylum.
Dutch officials contend most asylum seekers are economic refugees looking for easier lives in this high-tech welfare state.