Albayrak disinclined to extend amnesty
7 June 2007, THE HAGUE – State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak says extending the scope of the amnesty proposed by the cabinet would be "inadvisable and unfeasible." The left-wing parties in Parliament want more asylum seekers who have exhausted the procedure to be eligible for amnesty.
7 June 2007
THE HAGUE – State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak says extending the scope of the amnesty proposed by the cabinet would be "inadvisable and unfeasible." The left-wing parties in Parliament want more asylum seekers who have exhausted the procedure to be eligible for amnesty.
During the debate in Parliament on Thursday the Socialist SP and green-left GroenLinks called on state secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak to look into whether so-called Dublin claimants may also be granted residence permits.
Labour PvdA argued for this earlier this week. Coalition party Christian democrat CDA does not support extending the amnesty arrangement however.
Dublin-claimants are asylum seekers who first applied for asylum in the Netherlands, were later found in another European member state and then ultimately sent back to the Netherlands. Since they have not been in the Netherlands for an uninterrupted period of time they are not eligible for the amnesty scheme proposed by the cabinet.
SP MP Jan de Wit has urged that the amnesty also be extended to include people who have a "lasting relationship" with other foreigners who are eligible, but with whom they are not married or registered as partners. This proposal can count on support from the PvdA and GroenLinks.
The Freedom Party PVV slammed the amnesty scheme at the beginning of the debate. MP Sietse Fritsma called it an "outright disaster" and "absolute betrayal of Dutch society." He called on Albayrak to withdraw the plan.
There must never again be an amnesty arrangement for asylum seekers in the Netherlands, the Liberal VVD said during the debate. The opposition party says the plan under consideration now should be scrapped.
If that cannot be done, the liberals want Parliament to stipulate that this be a one-off scheme and that it will be the last time such amnesty is granted. MP Halbe Zijlstra will submit a motion to this end. The amnesty scheme proposed by the cabinet is "scandalous" he say because there are so many loose ends and the financing has not been properly arranged.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
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