Strong decrease in number of deportations from Netherlands
The Netherlands saw a strong decrease in deportations of illegal aliens in the last two quarters of 2011.
Figures from the interior ministry show 5,420 illegal aliens were deported in the second half of 2011, a 10.7 percent drop compared to the same period in 2010, when 6,090 illegal aliens were made to leave the country.
Current affairs programme Nieuwsuur News Hour reports that the decrease is mainly due to delays caused by infighting and amateurism at the immigration ministry’s Laisser Passez department, which is responsible for coordinating and carrying out deportations. Nieuwsuur says its report is based on statements made by Laissez Passer staff in confidential documents.
In its efforts to deport illegal aliens, Laissez Passer is often frustrated by uncooperative embassies that sometimes even refuse to accept that the alien in question is actually a compatriot. However, staff say that ineffective working methods and a poisoned atmosphere are equally to blame.
Freedom Party MP Sietse Fritsma has announced he will ask Immigration Minister Gerd Leers for an explanation.
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