Deal reached on amnesty for refugees

Failed asylum seekers who do not fall under the new amnesty should be deported as soon as possible, junior justice minister Nebahat Albayrak said on Friday.

‘There are people in emergency accomodation who should not be there,’ the minister said, pledging quick action once deportations are resumed.
Albayrak was speaking after sealing a deal with the local authorities association VNG on looking after failed asylum seekers. In return for an amnesty (pardonregeling) for long-term refugees, local councils have agreed to stop putting up people who have lost their appeals and been evicted from refugee centres but refuse to cooperate with their deportation.
The amnesty for thousands of asylum seekers who arrived in the Netherlands before April 2001 was being discussed by the cabinet this afternoon. It is not clear how many people will fall under the ruling, which was a central part of the new coalition agreement, but some estimates put the figure at around 30,000.
‘It is fantastic that thousands of refugees are about to be told they can stay,’ VNG chairman Wim Deetman said.
Supporters of an amnesty waged a high profile campaign in the run up to last year’s general election. A number of those threatened with deportation were children who were born and brought up in the Netherlands.

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