IND 'not to blame over refugee's suicide'

13th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

13 November 2003 , AMSTERDAM — Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk denied on Thursday that any mistakes were made when a mentally-ill Ukrainian asylum seeker was deported to Spain last August. He committed suicide days later.

13 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk denied on Thursday that any mistakes were made when a mentally-ill Ukrainian asylum seeker was deported to Spain last August. He committed suicide days later.

Verdonk said allegations that the man required medical attention while on board the flight to Spain were untrue.

Andrei Donorov was expelled from the Netherlands on 19 August this year. He had been hospitalised in a psychiatric institute in Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands from November 2001 to January 2002.

The staff at the institute said he did not need any medical treatment. But he committed suicide a week-and-a-half after being sent to Spain.

Verdonk said the Spanish authorities were informed about the man's psychiatric condition and that an official of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) gave Donorov his medicine.

The Netherlands used to have a reputation of being liberal on the issue of admitting refugees and immigrants. But populist politician Pim Fortuyn helped alter the political landscape by making it acceptable to say the "Netherlands is full".

Fortuyn was murdered by animal rights activist Volkert van der Graaf nine days before the general election of 15 May 2002 in which his LPF party won 26 of the 150 seats in Parliament.

Establishing the Immigration and Integration Ministry to tighten up the immigration and refugee process was a key LPF demand as it negotiated to join a government coalition with the Christian Democrat CDA and Liberal VVD parties.

[© Novum Nieuws 2003]

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