Cabinet reports amnesty plans to EU

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20 April 2007 BRUSSELS – Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin informed the justice ministers of the other EU states today of the Dutch government's plans for a general amnesty for asylum seekers who entered under the old aliens' act.

20 April 2007
 
BRUSSELS – Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin informed the justice ministers of the other EU states today of the Dutch government's plans for a general amnesty for asylum seekers who entered under the old aliens' act.

The EU countries agreed last year that they would keep each other informed of these kinds of plans after the Spanish decision to legalise a large number of illegal aliens caused great consternation on the part of other EU countries.

Friday's meeting of the justice ministers in Luxembourg was the first opportunity the Netherlands found to inform its EU partners of the measure. Germany announced similar plans.

Hirsch Ballin told the meeting that the cabinet was still working out the details of the plan and that it was not yet clear how many asylum seekers would be granted amnesty.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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