Rules for Afghan girls "arbitrary"

28th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Parliament says they support Immigration Minister Gerd Leers' proposal not to deport Afghan girls if they have become to Westernised. However, the opposition adds that the proposed guidelines are too vague and too arbitrary.

The debate was held on Wednesday. Parliament agreed that girls should not be sent back to Afghanistan if that were to put them under too much psychosocial pressure. Many of these girls – of which there are between 40 and 100 in the Netherlands – have adopted a Western lifestyle after spending many years in the Netherlands.

However, some opposition MPs wondered why the same reasoning does not hold apply to boys, homosexuals or Christians. Christian Union MP Joël Voordewind also pointed to the situation of women in Somalia, but the minister said that the situation of women in other countries could not be compared to the situation they would face in Afghanistan after an extended stay in the Netherlands. Boys, Mr Leers argued, faced a “completely different situation” in Afghanistan compared to girls.

He argued that the cases of people who are at risk of being persecuted in their countries of origin because of their religion or sexual persuasion are always reviewed seperately.


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