Refugee amnesty covers 27,500: update

Some 25,000 asylum seekers have so far been given permits to stay in the Netherlands under the government’s amnesty, junior justice minister Nebahat Albayrak said on Friday.

The final total is set to reach 27,500, in line with earlier estimates.
Some 5,000 people who are either war criminals, have a criminal record or repeatedly lied about their identity will be deported. ‘This will require an enormous effort,’ the minister said.
The amnesty for long-term asylum seekers follows an outcry over the deportation of children born and brought up in the Netherlands.

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