Cabinet withdraws bill on Antilleans

9th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The new minister in charge of the integration portfolio, Ella Vogelaar, is withdrawing the proposed bill that her predecessor submitted making it possible to deport criminal Antillean and Aruban youth.

9 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The new minister in charge of the integration portfolio, Ella Vogelaar, is withdrawing the proposed bill that her predecessor submitted making it possible to deport criminal Antillean and Aruban youth.

Vogelaar says the plan that former minister Rita Verdonk sent to Parliament at the last minute is ineffective and difficult to implement. Furthermore it only affects a small group of young people and there is no support for it.

The Labour PvdA minister said this on Thursday during an emergency debate. The Freedom party (PVV) and Liberals (VVD) had called her to Parliament. The two parties are unhappy that the newly appointed government is withdrawing the proposed bill, which had only been submitted a few weeks ago.

PVV MP Raymond de Roon said the decision to withdraw the bill was a mistake. VVD MP Henk Kamp also said that the Netherlands should be able to send away uneducated young people from the Antilles and Aruba who get themselves into trouble with the law.

Vogelaar does not plan to grant their request that the deportation plan be put before Parliament despite the many objections. "Nor do we have any plans to present an amended bill in this case," she added.

"That doesn't mean however that we do not take the problems seriously." The minister said that problem youth will be dealt with where necessary. The cabinet will also make efforts to help these young people make a better life for themselves.

The resolution to withdraw the bill can count on support from a majority in Parliament. "Let us focus on what is possible and what is necessary. And not run off the tracks with regard to the law," said PvdA MP Jeroen Dijsselbloem. He was referring to the fact that the Council of State had already voiced condemning criticism of the plans on two occasions.

Socialst MP Ronald van Raak said "the decision to withdraw the bill is evidence of this cabinet's wisdom."


MP Mirjam Sterk said that the CDA had supported the plan in the past because it was focussing on the ends, rather than the means. "That end was to prevent disadvantaged youth from being deprived of all prospects."

Sterk said she was confident this goal could be reached via measures that have already been taken and the agreements that the new government has made to prevent uneducated Antillean and Aruban youth from getting left by the wayside.

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