Municipalities will not hand over lists

10th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 July 2007, AMSTERDAM – Municipalities will not have to hand over any lists of illegal aliens to the justice ministry. This agreement was reached in talks on Monday between the State secretary for Immigration Nebahat Albayrak (Labour PvdA) and the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG). Municipalities will have to gather information on the asylum seekers that have made use of municipal emergency aid.

10 July 2007

AMSTERDAM – Municipalities will not have to hand over any lists of illegal aliens to the justice ministry. This agreement was reached in talks on Monday between the State secretary for Immigration Nebahat Albayrak (Labour PvdA) and the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG).
 
Municipalities will have to gather information on the asylum seekers that have made use of municipal emergency aid. 

Albayrak and the VNG discussed the implementation of the general amnesty. Asylum seekers who applied to stay in the Netherlands before new aliens legislation came into effect in 2001 are eligible for a residence permit. People who are not eligible may no longer be provided assistance by the municipality.

There was a commotion two weeks ago when State secretary Albayrak told Parliament that municipalities would be expected to hand over lists of the illegal asylum seekers in their town or city who were not eligible for amnesty.

Hilversum mayor Ernst Bakker was the first to say he would not cooperate in this matter. A spokesperson for the VNG said later that the whole thing was a misunderstanding. "There was never talk of lists of illegal aliens."

The VNG says that as agreed earlier, every case will be evaluated individually by the municipalities and the repatriation service of the justice ministry.

Representatives from the repatriation service and municipal officials will cooperate on a committee in each municipality to prevent foreigners from becoming illegal aliens.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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