Verdonk told to confirm freeze on deportations

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6 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has been issued an ultimatum to confirm by letter Parliament's demands that no asylum seekers will be deported for the time being.

6 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has been issued an ultimatum to confirm by letter Parliament's demands that no asylum seekers will be deported for the time being.

The Liberal VVD minister was told by MPs on Wednesday to send a new letter to the parliament no later than Thursday morning.

An emergency debate over the coalition Cabinet's refusal to agree on a general amnesty for asylum seekers will then be held later on Thursday.

The parliament decided last week that no rejected asylum seekers who entered the country under the old pre-2001 immigration law should be deported until a new coalition government accord is in place.

The motion was a precursor to a renewed push for a general amnesty granting the asylum seekers official residency, a policy that Minister Verdonk said was "not feasible".

But the parliament is demanding a new debate with the VVD minister.

Verdonk had said on Tuesday the immigration service IND would temporarily freeze deportations until such a debate took place.

Labour PvdA wants the minister's verbal response to be delivered in writing before entering into a new debate.

The VVD and Freedom party PVV parties are also demanding answers from Verdonk. They are fiercely opposed to any delay to expulsions.

Verdonk is required to send a new letter to the parliament no later than 10.15am on Thursday. An emergency debate will then be held later in the day.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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