Police deport dozens of Iraqis

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The Netherlands has repatriated 38 Iraqis, including 17 children and nine parents, according to an interior ministry spokesperson.

They were flown to the Iraqi capital Baghdad accompanied by border police, an interpreter and a doctor. No one resisted their deportation, the interior ministry spokesperson said.

Rights group Refugee Council has denounced the deportation, saying the situation in Baghdad is too dangerous, a claim the department denies.

The organisation is also angry about what it calls “raid tactics” recounted by people in the towns of Ter Apel and Heteren. “The families are literally being lifted from their bed. For adults this is frightening enough, but for children it’s absolutely traumatic.”

The interior ministry says the Iraqi authorities do not arrest deportees unless they are suspected of a crime.

Last year the Dutch government lifted a ban on the automatic deportation of asylum seekers whose application has been rejected.

The European Court of Human Rights only hears individual cases brought by people who protest against their deportation.

The Council of State, the highest administrative court in the Netherlands, has granted a delay to one family from Heteren.


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