Chinese asylum seekers to be deported

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The hundreds of refused asylum seekers in The Netherlands will not be detained while waiting.

9 April 2008

THE HAGUE - Deputy justice minister Nebahat Albayrak has told parliament that most of the hundreds of Chinese who unexpectedly requested asylum in The Netherlands are in the country illegally and will be deported.

However, she rejected parliament's request to detain the group of illegal Chinese while awaiting their deportation. The Christian Democrats, the conservative VVD and Labour fear that the Chinese will go into hiding unless they are locked up.

In the past three weeks, 850 Chinese asylum seekers reported to the asylum seekers centre in Ter Apel, compared to an average of 20 a month.

The Chinese were probably attracted by a rumour that they would be eligible for a general pardon. Crown Prince Willem Alexander was supposedly to declare such a pardon upon his accession to the throne.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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