Amnesty paired with resumed deportations

25th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2007, THE HAGUE – The amnesty for the "old" group of asylum seekers must be accompanied by the deportation of illegal aliens who are not eligible for amnesty but who continue to be sheltered in the Netherlands.

25 May 2007

THE HAGUE – The amnesty for the "old" group of asylum seekers must be accompanied by the deportation of illegal aliens who are not eligible for amnesty but who continue to be sheltered in the Netherlands.

State secretary for Justice Nebahat Albayrak will "quickly undertake" to effect the departure of those who "clearly" are not eligible.

Albayrak announced this on Friday after signing an accord with the municipalities on the implementation of the amnesty scheme. The repatriation of refused asylum seekers had come to something of a standstill of late. Deportations were halted last November in anticipation of the amnesty arrangement.

This halt also affected the deportation of asylum seekers who had entered the country after the new Aliens Act came into effect in April 2001. These people will not be eligible for amnesty. Albayrak commented that many municipalities resisted cooperating with the deportation policy. Wim Deetman of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) disputed that.

Criminals and war criminals who are excluded from the amnesty will also be deported now. The state secretary said that cooperation from the municipalities is essential. The new Repatriation and Departure service is responsible for deportations and will keep municipalities up to date, Albayrak said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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