Illegal immigrants are sometimes offered money to leave the Netherlands to help them build a new life in their home country, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.
Most get a few thousand euros but one family received €10,000, Rob Bezema of the deportation service told the paper.
The service was set up in 2007 to act as a central point for deportations. Now over half the 10,000 people scheduled for deportation each year can be proved to have left the country, well above forecasts.
‘We are tough and helpful at the same time,’ Bezema said. ‘We give them the message ‘you have to go back, but how can we help you?’. We try to be creative.’
This can lead to unconventional solutions, the paper said. In one case a man going back to Nepal was given a pasta making machine so he could open a restaurant. And an Angolan woman was given a manicure set so she could start a beauty parlour.
‘These people often paid human traffickers a lot of money and want to go home with their head held high,’ Bezema said. ‘We help them with that.’
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