PvdA wants investigation into illegality

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22 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Labour party (PvdA) faction in Parliament wants an investigation into the number of illegal aliens in the Netherlands. The coalition faction says this should also uncover where illegal aliens are living and how they sometimes manage to go unnoticed by authorities for years.

22 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Labour party (PvdA) faction in Parliament wants an investigation into the number of illegal aliens in the Netherlands. The coalition faction says this should also uncover where illegal aliens are living and how they sometimes manage to go unnoticed by authorities for years.

PvdA MP Hans Spekman said in discussion with State Secretary for immigration Nebahat Albayrak that the government has "very expertly reasoned away" the topic of illegal aliens over the past few years, to the point where it no longer has a view on the reality of the situation.

"The reality is that people are living on the streets and are illegal," said Spekman, who came in contact with these problems in his former position as alderman in Utrecht.

Former Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk commissioned a study by Utrecht University last year. The results showed that the number of illegal foreigners in the country seems to be decreasing: an estimated 75,000 to 185,000 between April 2005 and April 2006, compared to estimates of 125,000 to 225,000 in the 1997 to 2003 period.

"I want a broader investigation, one that goes further than just the numbers. On the basis of this information we can look into how to tackle the issue," Spekman said.

"We must address this. Illegality destroys people and leads to relationships of dependence, whereby women end up in prostitution for example," Spekman says. Illegality must simply not happen: either people should be made legal, with all the rights that come with that, or they must be sent back to their country of origin, he says.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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