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No change in Iraq refugee deportations: minister

Thursday 21 October 2010

The Netherlands will continue to send refugees back to Iraq, even though the UN refugee organisation UNHCR says it is unsafe, Nos tv quotes asylum minister Gerd Leers as saying.

On Wednesday, UNHCR’s representative in Iraq Daniel Endres said during a visit to The Hague that the situation there is too dangerous to return refugees.

Leers said current government policy would not alter, pending a new Dutch government report on the situation in Iraq. This year, 100 refugees have been returned, Nos said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I was sent by Gemeente to a Homeless Unit about two months ago.

A nice man opened the door and welcomed me ... and then told me that there is no place for me, and especially as I am disabled.

What I could not help notice was the baby in a cot screaming. Ther ewas a young girl dressed in muslim attire and with head scraf with the baby.

I asked the man why the young girl was only with the baby and where is it's the mother.

He said the parents had been deported home t the middle east but the children got to stay in Holland.

He said it's very sad wheat is being done to families.

By Gerard | 21 October 2010 8:02 AM

There are dangerous countries all over the world. There are a huge number of poor nations all over the world. There are many nations where the citizens of those nations are repressed by dictators or oligarchies.

It is true to say that the Netherlands could not possibly absorb all the people who wish to flee these unfortunate nations.

Unfortunately, the Netherlands, like any other prosperous Western nation, may only take a few of these refugess out of kindness and compassion--but this will never address the true problems.

The true problems are the reasons these unfortunate people must flee their own countries. The true solution is that these repressive and violent nations change the way they treat their own people.

By Jim | 21 October 2010 10:05 PM

aren't we losing the humane factor ?

By jerry | 22 October 2010 9:58 AM

Of course - western hypocrisy at it's finest.

We'll all too happy to send troops and planes off to destroy a country in the name of human virtue, but when it comes to providing a little bit of human kindness there's not a dime in the pot.

The endless examples of racist thuggery coming out of the west these days just reflect the psychopathic nature of the society.

Unfortunately, it will be the innocent on both sides who pay the price and the criminal leaders who continue to reap the short-term gains for all this maliciousness.

By Sam Hall | 25 October 2010 8:58 AM

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