Discussion on amnesty heats up

18th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 July 2007, THE HAGUE – The discussion on the amnesty arrangement for asylum seekers has heated up once again. The Liberal VVD and Freedom party PVV posed critical questions to state secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak on Wednesday about the latitude being claimed by municipalities in not handing on the names of illegal aliens to the government.

18 July 2007

THE HAGUE – The discussion on the amnesty arrangement for asylum seekers has heated up once again. The Liberal VVD and Freedom party PVV posed critical questions to state secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak on Wednesday about the latitude being claimed by municipalities in not handing on the names of illegal aliens to the government.

VVD MP Fred Teeven wants the state secretary to deploy all available legal means to force the municipalities to provide the state with information on aliens who are not eligible for amnesty. The PVV also criticised the role municipalities have taken on in implementing the amnesty.

The way in which aliens not eligible for amnesty were being addressed led to a clash between Albayrak and municipalities earlier this summer.

The state secretary wants the information on illegal aliens so that she can deport them. But municipalities are not prepared to simply cooperate with this plan.

It seemed last week as if the conflict had been avoided with the agreement that the municipality will discuss each case individually with Albayrak's Repatriation & Departure Service.

Tensions are coming to a head once again however after an announcement from the state secretary that she will take corrective action against municipalities that refuse to cooperate.

Albayrak referred them to their legal duty to provide information that is needed to properly implement the Aliens Act. Her comments hit a sore spot with municipalities.

The Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) says that its members are not authorised to determine who is illegal and required to leave the country. "But we trust that the municipalities will cooperate with the amnesty arrangement," a VNG spokesperson said.

The PVV is not confident of this. The parliamentary faction thinks that Albayrak cannot claim that cooperation with the municipalities regarding the amnesty is running smoothly, as she said was the case.

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