VVD voters support amnesty

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7 June 2007, AMSTERDAM - A small majority of Liberal VVD voters supports the amnesty scheme for asylum seekers who applied for asylum before April 2001. This emerged from a TNS Nipo survey commissioned by the Dutch Refugee Council and published on Thursday.

7 June 2007

AMSTERDAM  - A small majority of Liberal VVD voters supports the amnesty scheme for asylum seekers who applied for asylum before April 2001. This emerged from a TNS Nipo survey commissioned by the Dutch Refugee Council and published on Thursday.

The VVD faction in Parliament is fiercely opposed to the proposed amnesty. But 55 percent of those who voted for the VVD in the last general election supports the amnesty; 45 percent is against it.

The Freedom Party PVV faction also opposes the amnesty, but can count on a majority of its voters to support this view. The researchers say this majority is "marginal" however (47 percent supports the amnesty plan, 51 percent is opposed).

75 percent of the Dutch as a whole supports the measure. People who voted for the coalition parties voiced strong support: 78 percent of Christian democrat CDA voters are in favour, 85 percent of Labour PvdA voters, and 92 percent of ChristenUnie voters.

More women than men think the asylum seekers should be granted residence, and older respondents were also more likely to support the plan. Public support for the amnesty has increased since October last year when 63 percent said they support the measure.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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