"Family reunification rules too strict"

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3 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – Dutch children's rights organisations are calling on justice state secretary Nebahat Albayrak to relax the regulations for family reunification.

3 October 2007

AMSTERDAM – Dutch children's rights organisations are calling on justice state secretary Nebahat Albayrak to relax the regulations for family reunification.

The rule that children whose parents have been given asylum in the Netherlands must join them within three months if they too are to receive asylum must be scrapped.

Defence for Children International Nederland, the Refugee Foundation and UNICEF Nederland wrote this in a petition that was offered to Parliament on Tuesday.

The petition was drawn up in response to a situation in which eight Tibetan children have been waiting in Tibet and India for almost two years to join their parents in the Netherlands. Chairman Carla van Os of Defence for Children: "That does not fit with a cabinet with men like Balkenende and Rouvoet who are always saying that family comes first."

Van Os says the policy is not in agreement with the international treaty for children's rights. Albayrak did not want to respond until she has read the petition.

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