Automatic asylum for Somalis to stop

4th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Deputy Justice Minister Nebahat Albayrak says she wants to stop granting automatic asylum to Somalis claiming refugee status.

THE HAGUE - She says abuse and fraud no longer make the procedure viable. Some, she claims, deliberately mutilate their fingers so no reliable prints can be taken. Others are said to come with children they falsely describe as adopted.

The justice minister stressed, however, that the situation in central and southern Somalia remains so troubling that legitimate asylum seekers remain welcome.

Last year nearly 4,000 Somalis applied for asylum in the Netherlands.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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