Illegal youngsters can do work experience, says minister

The government will take steps to make it possible for youngsters without residency permits but who are at college to take up work experience places, social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher said at the weekend.

Children who are in the country illegally are allowed to attend school but the law does not allow them to undertake work experience because they have no work or residence permit. This often prevents them from completing their education.
Asscher told television show Nieuwsuur it is wrong that teenagers can follow a course but can’t follow an internship, without which they cannot be awarded a diploma.
Last year the Council of Europe declared ‘work experience is part of education and must be included’.
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