Amnesty to cost up to 50 million in welfare
The amnesty scheme for tens of thousands of asylum seekers will cost an estimated EUR 40 to 50 million a year to start.
18 December 2007
THE HAGUE – The amnesty scheme for tens of thousands of asylum seekers will cost an estimated EUR 40 to 50 million a year to start.
Over time the costs will fall to about EUR 35 million, when some of these people are no longer entitled to welfare because they have found work or other sources of income.
State secretary for social affairs Ahmed Aboutaleb wrote this to Parliament on Monday. The social affairs ministry has taken these extra costs into account in next year's budget, though it is uncertain how many of the former asylum seekers will actually claim welfare.
Aboutaleb and state secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak announced measures to help the former asylum seekers to find jobs. The Centre for Work and Income (CWI), Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers and the Dutch Refugee Council will work together to find jobs in the coming two years for 3,000 of the people granted amnesty.
The CWI will mediate in the assessment of the former asylum seekers' foreign diplomas and work experience.
The social affairs ministry will grant a subsidy to help highly educated refugees find work faster by offering accelerated language and education programmes. Beyond that more municipalities are allowing highly educated refugees to keep their benefits while following education.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news