Government cracks down on Antillean 'problem'

11th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Cabinet is poised to take tough measures against young Antilleans who get involved in crime and cause problems after immigrating to the Netherlands.

11 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Cabinet is poised to take tough measures against young Antilleans who get involved in crime and cause problems after immigrating to the Netherlands.

The controversial plan involves giving judges the authority to send young Antilleans who are convicted of crime back to the Netherlands Antilles. This is in addition to normal sentencing powers.

And Antilleans may only be allowed to stay in the Netherlands if they have work or have entered the country for study purposes.

Political sources said on Wednesday the proposals are part of a deal reached between Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk and Kingdom Relations Minister Alexander Pechtold.

The Cabinet is expected to approve the plan at its weekly meeting on Friday 

However, Antillean Prime Minister Etienne Ys is fiercely opposed to any restriction on the rights of Antilleans, who also have Dutch nationality. "The restriction of freedom is no solution," he said.

Together with Aruba and the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles makes up the three-nation Dutch kingdom.

The cabinet's plan is focused on Antilleans aged between 18 and 24. If they do not have any work or study prospects within three months of arriving in the country, they will be forced to return home.

If an Antillean minor enters the country, he or she must prove they have a Dutch guardian. If they cannot prove this, the minor will be refused entry.

The Dutch Parliament has demanded for almost two years a policy aimed at ejecting problem Antillean youth, but the responsible government ministers had been unable to reach agreement.

Concerns have been raised in the past about Antillean youth in Rotterdam and Den Helder and their over-representation in crime statistics.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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