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Illegal immigrants to face €3,900 fine and deportation

Friday 14 December 2012

The cabinet will today discuss its controversial plans to make being an illegal immigrant a criminal offence, RTL news reported on Friday.

Illegal immigrants will face a fine of up to €3,900 and eventual deportation when legislation making illegality a crime comes into effect, sources told the broadcaster.

The plan forms part of the coalition agreement between Teeven's VVD and the Labour party but is strongly opposed by local authorities.

People who take advantage of illegal immigrants, by renting them accommodation or giving them work, will also face charges. Minors and those who help illegal immigrants will not be breaking the law.

Teeven's plans exclude 'police hunts' for illegal immigrants but people caught without valid papers during traffic checks will face fines and deportation, sources told RTL.

Is this the way forward? Have your say using the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Erm right ok that makes lots of sense..right?I mean all immigrants are rich and have that kind of money in their back pocket.Houzee!

By jason buttle | 14 December 2012 10:46 AM

Heavily prosecuting people who employ illegal immigrants is a must, likewise people who profit from housing them.
Equally people including civil servants who show a blind eye and do not make the proper mandatory checks should be followed to the extent of the law.
Without these people this black economy would not exist.
The cost of prosecuting and evicting the individual immigrants to win Eu3,900 (who thought of this figure?)is not not addressing the problem. If the illegal economy did not exist -the immigrants would not come

By nd | 14 December 2012 10:53 AM

I think the plan is sensible. It goes after both sides (supply and demand) of illegal immigrant labor, without creating a new huge bureaucracy.

I still think more hefty fines should be placed on those who willingly rent places for illegal immigrants and especially those who employ them.

By A.L. | 14 December 2012 1:36 PM

In my view those who exploit illegal immigrants should be prosecuted (severely) as well as those who favour and enable it. Illegal immigrants should be sent back to the country of origin but not get a criminal record for the fact of being illegal.

By the_expat | 14 December 2012 3:20 PM

It sounds like plausible legislation. However, I wonder how an unemploeyed and poor immigrant is expected to afford a €3,900 fine. Is that realistic? What would happen to an illegal immigrant in detention and already facing deportation, if they fail to pay the fine? Would they be held longer? I bet they won't be expected to pay an Accept Giro sent to them later, after deportation :P.

By Jules | 14 December 2012 8:01 PM

legal or illegal are just meaningless words. we are all the same without clothes so why make a difference. no one is ever
illegal anywhere. this planet is just a place to live for anyone wherever they choose to.

By Marcel | 15 December 2012 2:54 PM

yeah good idea, deport them. then.. fine them after.. i wonder how they will chase up the money... oh i know.. we won't deport them until they have paid their fine.. ok great.. who's idea was this, silly muppets.

By Martin Treadgold | 15 December 2012 4:26 PM

The Netherlands = The New Arizona; nice PR slogan to attract nutty right-wingers to visit on holiday.

By Schnookums | 16 December 2012 1:41 PM

Deport the employers and landlords as well.

By Ady | 16 December 2012 7:23 PM

To fine these people is pointless however deportation is a must,wish the UK would think along these lines

By Bill Weir | 16 December 2012 7:24 PM

The issue of them either having or not having money to pay the fine is IRRELEVANT. Just listen to this. The plan is to find them, fine them and send them home. Of course them don't have money to pay and if they try to come to the netherlands again they will be facing jail time. Simple as that. They are using a scare-tactic basically

By Johnny | 16 December 2012 8:58 PM

@Marcel: extending your reasoning, should anyone who wants be able to enter your house while you are at work, and take possession of it, and eat your food, and take your possessions, since "the planet is for everyone"?

Could anyone who wanted to enter a bank and take whatever quantity of money they deem fit? Should anyone who wants just to go a car dealer and take off with whatever car one wants, paying or not paying for it?

By A.L. | 17 December 2012 12:05 PM

I agree that fine and jail them is useless cos that will increase prison and admin costs of gov. Deport is the only solution. But deporting back to their country of origin may not be an option. All countries with illegal immigrants problem should come together and get a piece of land/island and deport them there so they can have a chance to live. Business owners who want cheaper labour can invest in the island and provide jobs for them.

By ufo | 17 December 2012 1:05 PM

A 3.900 Euro fine?! Who thought of that? Lots of luck collecting. What's the point of creating a new law...isn't deportation already the rule for illegals?

By Quince | 17 December 2012 4:50 PM

Excellent legislation. The fining will be hit and miss. But the overall direction of protecting society from both illegal immigration and those make who make a living off of them (rent,labor) is pure sanity. If only the US would shape up and take note.

By Daniel | 21 December 2012 8:14 PM

Good. It's a start. No country can take in an unlimited number of people who are not there legally. They not only undermine the economy but are an unfair competition to those working and living there legally, paying taxes for services, creating social and criminality problems, etc. They mustn't be treated badly but they do need to leave or be sent back without delay.

By manuel | 23 January 2013 11:00 PM

They aren't criminals. They just aren't "privileged" enough to live here. We really should consider ourselves fortunate and not judge them because, with a simple switch of the law, it could be us tomorrow.

Would any of our immigrant grandparents qualify under today's law to move anywhere? Probably not.

By CW | 24 January 2013 11:30 AM

@ nd - "If the illegal economy did not exist, the immigrants would not come"! Do you really believe that?
The two are unrelated!
Every country has a black economy & I bet there are also Dutch working this way.
Immigrants come to countries like NL because it's richer &/or safer than their home country.

By Donaugh | 24 January 2013 11:46 AM

I think the best way to prevent undocumented immigrants is the help improve the situations in their homelands so that they feel they have a good future there.

By tovarish | 24 January 2013 2:20 PM

'legal or illegal are just meaningless words. we are all the same without clothes so why make a difference. no one is ever
illegal anywhere. this planet is just a place to live for anyone wherever they choose to.'__________Noble sentiments, Marcel, but some 'places' are larger, and have more space, than others...

By woods | 24 January 2013 4:40 PM

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