Parliament debates amnesty

7th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 June 2007, THE HAGUE – Parliament has set aside the whole day Thursday to debate the amnesty arrangement for a group of 25,000 to 30,000 ‘old' asylum seekers. State secretary for Justice Nebahat Albayrak can expect some critical questions, from coalition partner Christian democrat CDA as well.

7 June 2007

THE HAGUE – Parliament has set aside the whole day Thursday to debate the amnesty arrangement for a group of 25,000 to 30,000 ‘old' asylum seekers.
State secretary for Justice Nebahat Albayrak can expect some critical questions, from coalition partner Christian democrat CDA as well.

The cabinet agreed to the amnesty scheme at the end of last month. The measure will apply for asylum seekers who have exhausted the procedure and who entered the Netherlands under the old Aliens' Act (before April 2001).

An agreement has already been reached with the municipalities on implementing the measure. They will be given EUR 55 million for housing and financial assistance for the asylum seekers affected and to help them integrate.

The Liberal VVD and Freedom party PVV are fiercely opposed to the amnesty scheme. CDA has promised to support the plan but has taken a critical view in the run up to the debate. The CDA faction wants firm guarantees that municipalities will stop providing shelter for those who are not eligible and should be deported. The CDA also wants the deportation policy to be effectively enforced.

The cabinet had agreed in the coalition agreement that an amnesty scheme would be introduced.

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