No deportations to Iraq

30th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Asylum seekers who have exhausted the procedure will not be forced to return to central and southern Iraq for the time being. The government will present a categorical protection policy for asylum seekers from these areas today.

30 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Asylum seekers who have exhausted the procedure will not be forced to return to central and southern Iraq for the time being. The government will present a categorical protection policy for asylum seekers from these areas today.

Parliament accepted a motion from MP Jan de Wit (SP) last December which called for the protection of Iraqis. Justice Minister Hirsch Ballin advised against the motion at the time but to no avail.

There was a categorical protection policy in place for central and southern Iraq until February 2006. This was scrapped by former immigration minister Rita Verdonk.

State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak thinks the situation is too dangerous however for forced repatriation. The protection policy does not apply for northern Iraq.

Some 2,763 Iraqis applied for asylum in the Netherlands last year, 19 percent of the total number of asylum seekers, making them the largest single group. Most of the Iraqi asylum seekers worldwide last year – almost 9,000 - went to Sweden.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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