Decisions made in most old asylum cases

20th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — Almost all asylum seekers who arrived in the Netherlands before April 2001 have been informed whether they can stay or must the country, parliament has been told.

20 June 2006

AMSTERDAM — Almost all asylum seekers who arrived in the Netherlands before April 2001 have been informed whether they can stay or must the country, parliament has been told.

Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk sent parliament a letter to say she has complied with a motion passed last year to compel her officials to deal with 28,700 outstanding cases by 1 July.

This includes the group of 26,000 'old' asylum seekers that Verdonk earmarked for deportation in 2004.

Over time the group's numbers have increased by 5,600 due to births and family reunions and people living in shelters provided by local authorities.

Verdonk wrote that 30,374 people have been given a decision on their applications to stay in the Netherlands. This leaves 1,226 still in the system. Most of these people have  filed supplementary applications.

MPs of the government coalition parties agreed new targets with Verdonk for clearing the backlog.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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