The justice ministry is launching an investigation into the impact of asylum seekers centres on local crime rates in an effort to base discussions on 'facts not emotions', according to Dutch media reports on Thursday.

People who oppose plans to locate a refugee centre in their community are often concerned about the impact on crime and public safety, even though previous surveys have indicated there is no connection.

The research involves linking refugees' BSN registration numbers with the police data bank to find out how many have been implicated in crime, broadcaster Nos says. This will also be cross-checked against data on local crime rates compiled by the national statistics office CBS.

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