Asylum seeker amnesty for 27,700

A total of 27,700 people have been allowed to stay in the Netherlands under the 2007 amnesty for long-term asylum seekers, according to immigration service figures.

Junior justice minister Nebahat Albayrak told parliament on Monday that the amnesty procedure was now being wound down.
Some 6,000 people were refused the right to stay, mainly because they had either lied about their personal details or had not spent the entire period in the Netherlands. Just over 3,000 of them have appealed.
The amnesty applies to asylum seekers who arrived in the Netherland before April 2001 and whose cases have still not been finalised.

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