Amnesty International placed hundreds of "welcome" doormats on the Plein in The Hague on Thursday morning in a call on the Dutch government to receive refugees with open arms. This was done in preparation for the parliamentary debate on Thursday.

"Because of the strict controls at Europe's external borders, there are fewer escape routes. This has made the crossing much more dangerous. To prevent people drowning at sea, suffocating in trucks or getting stuck at railway stations, safe escape routes are needed", according to Eduard Nazarski, director of Amnesty International.

According to the organization, Prime Minister Mark Rutte needs to show leadership by immediately accepting the proposal on redistributing refugees in Italy, Greece and Hungary, contributing to the resources required for humanitarian aid in Syria's neighboring countries and by creating more safe and legal routes for those fleeing to Europe.

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