Councils told off for sheltering asylum seekers

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22 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has accused local authorities that provide emergency shelter to rejected asylum seekers of 'administrative disobedience'.

22 June 2006

AMSTERDAM — Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has accused local authorities that provide emergency shelter to rejected asylum seekers of 'administrative disobedience'.

Verdonk made the accusation during a debate in parliament on Wednesday evening. She is to raise the matter again with the association of local authorities (VNG) as she feels councils must stick to agreements on the issue and must cooperate in the execution of the law.

When asylum seekers find themselves on the street, councils must work with her to send them back to their own countries, Verdonk said. Councils that instead offer these people shelter are providing them with "false hope".

Parliament was debating a call by councils for a generous pardon scheme for the 26,000 'old' asylum seekers who arrived in the Netherlands prior to April 2001.

Verdonk said there would be no pardon as a majority in parliament supports her policy of deporting these people. Most of the 26,000 have been dealt with and MPs have given Verdonk until September to finalise the remaining cases.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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