The asylum seekers came to the city at the end of August. It involved about 100 men between the ages of 20 and 60. They are accommodated in a sports hall at Marienhoeve sports park. After several incidents in the first days of the crisis reception, 14 asylum seekers were sent away after a few days after an extra screening. There were reports of burglary, theft and public intoxication caused by a small part of the group.
These incidents caused unrest among the population of the city. A demonstration was even announced via social media, which ultimately went smoothly. Security in the city has been stepped up after the incidents. Extra boas and four extra police officers have been deployed, who work both day and night shifts. In addition, ten security officers are present in and around the sports hall 24 hours a day. Extra lighting has also been installed along dark bicycle routes around the sports park. In addition, it has been agreed that people from the so-called safe countries will not be admitted to Wijk bij Duurstede.