The ruling by a civil court in The Hague came in a summary case brought by the Dutch Council for Refugees amid an ongoing crisis in the Netherlands that has forced hundreds of migrants to sleep outdoors in squalid conditions while waiting to register their asylum claims.

A Dutch court on Thursday ordered the government and its asylum-seeker accommodation agency to significantly improve conditions at overcrowded and unsanitary emergency migrant housing facilities, AP reports.

The ruling by a civil court in The Hague came in a summary case brought by the Dutch Council for Refugees amid an ongoing crisis in the Netherlands that has forced hundreds of migrants to sleep outdoors in squalid conditions while waiting to register their asylum claims.

“The state … has the obligation to accommodate asylum-seekers in a dignifed manner,” the court said in a statement. It ruled that current conditions in a reception center in the northern Netherlands and other emergency accommodation doesn’t meet basic European standards.

The council’s chairman, Frank Candel, welcomed the decision.

“This is a crystal clear and necessary ruling, but this is not yet a cause for joy,” he said. “It is sad that something as basic as humane reception conditions require a court decision, and we will not rest as long as asylum-seekers have to sleep in a tent, gym or event hall.”

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