Provincial Labour Party wants Jossef to stay

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The local Labour Party in the province of North Holland wants the provincial government to prevent the deportation of a nine-year-old asylum seeker called Jossef. The party's councillors have submitted a motion in the provincial council as a signal to The Hague.

The province’s Democrats 66 and the Christian Democrats parties do not support the initiative they say asylum is a national issue. Provincial VVD leader Cees Loggen says he personally feels all cases should be frozen until a broad debate has been held over underage asylum seekers, so that new regulations can be drawn up. There have been a numer of high-profile asylum cases involving children in the press recently.

Freedom Party MP Hero Brinkman recently indicated that the anti-immigration party had not changed its position on deporting failed asylum seekers.

Nine-year-old Jossef from Eritrea and his mother live in an asylum centre in Alkmaar. The two, who have been in the Netherlands for eight years, face deportation. They have been told they can stay at the centre and will not be moved to another centre in Katwijk, after complaints that the child had been moved several times already. 

The North Holland branch of the Labour party thinks that children who have spent many years in the country as a result of long procedures should not be deported. 

The whole editorship of a local newspaper also backs calls for the nine-year-old to be allowed to stay in the Netherlands.

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