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More councils criticise illegal immigrant deportation quota

Sunday 25 March 2012

An increasing number of city councils are refusing to cooperate with the government's new quota for deporting illegal immigrants, the Telegraaf reported at the weekend.

Justice ministry policy states 4,800 illegal immigrants should be deported this year, a 10% increase on 2011 - before formal quotas were introduced.

But mayors from 17 cities told television show Nieuwsuur they are unhappy with the idea of a deportation quota.

'Ministers were worried about police quotas for fining cyclists with broken lights,' Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan pointed out. 'So how can you propose introducing a quota for such a sensitive subject?'.


Almere mayor Annemarie Jorritsma said the plan is 'unnecessary and undesirable' while Groningen's Peter Rehwinkel said it is 'wrong'. The mayors' criticism follows concerns from refugee groups, police unions and politicians last week.

Leers and justice minister Ivo Opstelten said last Monday they want the police to play a more active role in identifying illegal immigrants.

'We are going to help them do this and provide them with the tools so they can see much more quickly if someone is illegal or not,' Leers said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Instead of quotas, sweeping task force should be in place. With technology, it is not that difficult to put a couple raids, caught people who are illegal in the country and deport them in a timely and respectful manner.

By Andre L. | 25 March 2012 3:32 PM

@Andre: I doubt that military-style "raids" on immigrants will do the trick. Just look at the "progress" the ICE has made in America.

By Kevin | 26 March 2012 7:52 AM

How do you deport someone to a country where they be be persecuted or even killed in a respectful manner?

By jason buttle | 26 March 2012 10:27 AM

Andre L, easier said than done. You seem to forget that in-between an illegal alien and deportation is the judiciary. Deportation is only carried out when the illegal alien has exhausted all options. This takes time and involves public money! What we clearly see are municipality mayors that are willing to accommodate some illegal aliens (or at the very least, treat them as human beings) and a national government that is bent on pleasing the anti-immigration PVV. I think, at the end of the day, the municipalities will win.

By Oliver Johnny | 27 March 2012 9:12 PM

It's a very bad idea to do what the Minister is suggesting. The Netherlands is gravely violating human rights when it comes to immigrants, especially asylum seekers and refugees. Due to people like Wilders and supporters like Andre L. the IND has become adept at creating illegals. Actually the IND is only issuing negative decisions in a vast number of residence permit applications. Furthermore deportations are not as easy to implement as you seem to suggest.

By Frank | 27 March 2012 10:48 PM

The government, the IND and the police should come clean with the number of failed deportation they have recorded. There are situations where illegals will be deported but only to be returned with the same flight to NL. Third world countries are not willing to accept the fact that their citizens are threated like animals especially those from Africa.
Even those that are deported, are back in the country within a month to three months, because of the people they know here and their properties as well. Look the government is wasting a lot of money on immigrant issue, let them tell the public what they spend to keep them in prison, Judicary, flight expenses and so on.

By parker | 28 March 2012 12:38 PM

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