IND stops deportation of asylum seekers

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5 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The immigration service IND will temporarily stop deporting rejected asylum seekers, Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said on Tuesday.

5 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — The immigration service IND will temporarily stop deporting rejected asylum seekers, Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said on Tuesday.

The decision was made in response to a parliamentary motion calling for an immediate end to expulsions in anticipation of a general amnesty.

The government rejected the new Parliament's push for a general amnesty on Tuesday, but the temporary freeze on expulsions partially meets MPs' demands.

The postponement of expulsions will continue until the parliament has discussed the matter. The debate is expected to be held in the next few days.

The VVD and CDA have not yet decided what they should do in response to last week's parliamentary vote.

A majority of MPs voted on Thursday in favour of a general amnesty for 26,000 asylum seekers who have been in the country five years or more.

Both the CDA and VVD are opposed to the amnesty, but the CDA does not want to frustrate coalition formation talks with the Labour PvdA and Socialist SP following the November national elections.

Both the PvdA and SP are in favour of the pardon.

The the CDA is looking to compromise on the issue, but the VVD is opposed to any such idea.

A letter to be sent to the parliament on Tuesday explaining what the cabinet would due was not delivered on Tuesday due to the discord between the CDA and VVD.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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