The number of new asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands fell to 2,400 last week, compared with 4,200 the week before, junior justice minister Klaas Dijkhoff has told reporters.

Dijkhoff said it is unclear what had caused the drop but said the introduction of border controls, and the Dutch decision to step up checks along its own borders, may have had an impact.

Nevertheless, last week was still in the top three busiest weeks so far this year, the minister said. In the summer some 1,000 to 1,500 people were arriving a week.

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