Somalians only sent back under strict conditions

30th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Rejected asylum seekers from Somalia will only be sent back from the Netherlands to southern or central Somalia under strict conditions. 

Immigration minister Gerd Leers has told parliament in a letter that no-one will be sent back if they are unable to live by the rules laid down by the Islamic organisation Al-Shabaab. They also have to have family or contacts, who can offer them protection.

The capital Mogadishu was already considered too dangerous to send people back to. People from Mogadishu and south and central Somalia cannot be sent back to Puntland or Somaliland in the north if they do not have family or strong links with clans there.

The minister also acknowledges that situation in refugee camps is also too dire to accommodate returning refused asylum seekers. Single women, unaccompanied children and non-Somali minorities cannot be sent back at all.

The minister was forced to clarify the limited possibility of sending people back to Somalia following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The court recently ruled that Somalia was too dangerous to send two convicted criminals living in the United Kingdom back to.

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