The Netherlands allows Syrian asylum seekers

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Asylum seekers from Syria may stay in the Netherlands temporarily, announced Minister for Immigration and Asylum Gerd Leers Thursday. Rejected asylum seekers who have not yet returned to their homeland may also stay in the country for the time being.

Leers made his decision in response to reports of continued unrest in Syria. It is difficult to assess the political and security situation in the country, he said. Thus, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service will temporarily refrain from deciding on Syrian asylum applications.

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