Greater powers for Dutch immigration police

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The Dutch cabinet has widened the powers of the immigration police, allowing them to search homes for identity papers. In its weekly meeting on Friday the caretaker cabinet of Christian Democrats and Christian Union decided on a plan to improve police effectiveness.

Next to wider house search powers, the immigration police, officially known as Aliens Police, will also be allowed to read information from data carriers such as cell phones in order to establish the identity of people held in detention centres for aliens.

A spokesperson for the government said that it is becoming common knowledge among illegal aliens in the Netherlands that it is smarter for them "not to carry certain documents on their bodies". These documents would "make it easier for the authorities to quickly identify and expel them".

The cabinet argued that stricter enforcement of immigration rules will help in the fight against people trafficking.


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