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19 May 2014

Last week the Amsterdam court decided that the Dutch state is obliged to offer illegal aliens food, clothing and accommodation. It was an appeal to a verdict from the European Committee for Social Rights last year that says that national authorities are obliged to supply people without papers basic needs. The Dutch authorities do the opposite by turning refugees exhausted of all legal procedures out into the street. Lately the asylum- and immigration policy causes quite a stir in the coalition.


Last week the Amsterdam court decided that the Dutch state is obliged to offer illegal aliens food, clothing and accommodation. The verdict was given in a case against the Amsterdam municipality that refused a man without papers from Ghana social security. The man appealed to a verdict from the European Committee for Social Rights in October last year that says that national authorities are obliged to supply people without papers basic needs like food and shelter.  The Dutch authorities do the opposite by turning refugees exhausted of all legal procedures out into the street.

 

The social democrat coalition party PvdA stated earlier this year that the Dutch cabinet should comply with the verdict of the European Committee for Social Rights. This irritated prime minister Rutte seriously. Since a while the liberal VVD is unhappy about the efforts of the coalition partner PvdA to turn back the agreements about the asylum- and immigration policy in the coalition agreement.

 

PvdA party leader Diederik Samsom also managed to abandon the plan to create legislations that would make illegality a criminal offence and to grant a general pardon to much more asylum seekers children as agreed upon. Apart from the verdicts of the European Committee for Social Rights and the Amsterdam court, now most of the Dutch mayors signed a petition that asks for much more children to be included in the general pardon.

 

Earlier this month also a German judge decided that it is not allowed to expel a refugee exhausted of all legal procedures to the Netherlands, because there is too much chance for a degrading and inhuman treatment. There is no guarantee that asylum seekers will get the basic needs like food and shelter. The German judge also mentioned the fact that in the Netherlands asylum seekers are not allowed to work, while at the same time they do not get any social benefits.

 

It rarely happens that a European state prohibits the deportation of an asylum seeker because there is too much chance for an inhuman treatment.  In an interview a Dutch  immigration lawyer stated that the verdict of the German court means serious damage of the Dutch image. In the meantime minister of State Fred Teeven is profiling himself as a minister that is dealing with the increasing influx of asylum seekers. But in fact he is pretty powerless. Beyond any doubt things are brewing up again in the Dutch coalition.  




 

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