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Amnesty International says that the Dutch immigration authorities resort to detention too easily and keep illegal aliens incarcerated for far too long. The human rights organisation has called on parliament to take action. The cabinet argues the detention centres are only used as a last resort, but Amnesty says in actual practice this is not true.

According to Amnesty, the number of illegal aliens held in detention centres average around 9,000 a year. Judges regularly rule that an incarceration is unlawful. Amnesty says this is hardly surprising as the criteria for detention are too loosely applied.

Amnesty also says the authorities rarely avail themselves of alternatives such as allowing illegal aliens to post bail, electronic supervision or allowing other persons to act as guarantor. The organisation says this is true even in cases involving vulnerable categories like the elderly or victims of torture.



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