Cabinet agrees on Antillean plan
13 May 2005 , AMSTERDAM — The Cabinet has backed a plan aimed at discouraging "underprivileged risk youth" from the Antilles from entering the Netherlands, Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said on Friday.
13 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Cabinet has backed a plan aimed at discouraging "underprivileged risk youth" from the Antilles from entering the Netherlands, Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said on Friday.
It was revealed earlier this week the Dutch government wants to impose tough measures to reduce the number of young Antilleans entering the country and turning to crime or social welfare benefits.
Besides sentencing offenders, Dutch judges will also be given authority to send Antillean youths who commit crime back home.
Young Antilleans will only be allowed to stay in the Netherlands if they have work or study prospects within three months of arrival. The measure is aimed at youths aged 18 to 24.
Unaccompanied minors with no guardian in the Netherlands will be refused entry.
Deputy Prime Minister Gerrit Zalm said on Friday when the new legislation is in force, Antilleans who enter the country without a valid reason will be sent home. The regulation will be backdated to 13 May.
Minister Verdonk said Antilleans wrongly think the Netherlands is the land of "milk and honey". She said those who have no chance in the Antilles , don't have one in the Netherlands either.
The Dutch Parliament has demanded for almost two years a policy aimed at ejecting problem Antillean youth, but the responsible government ministers have been unable to reach agreement.
Verdonk said a solution to legal obstacles has now been found by linking the new legislation not to immigration law, but to the residence demands already imposed on Dutch people wanting to move to the Antilles.
The minister's legal advisors are convinced the plan does not breach the Dutch Constitution or European Union regulations.
Various legal experts have cast doubt on the assertions, however, and claim the new legislation breaches laws of equality spelled out in the constitution and international treaties.
The Antillean Parliament has unanimously rejected the cabinet plan, but Zalm said the government will discuss the measures with the Dutch Parliament and the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba , both of which make up the Dutch Kingdom .
"It will be pleasing if we carry this out in good co-operation with the Antilles. It is handy if the Antilles also examines whether someone can travel to the Netherlands or not," he said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news