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Dutch News
Municipalities refuse to list illegals 6/30/2007
29 June 2007

THE HAGUE – the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) is opposed to handing over lists of illegal aliens to the government. The umbrella organisation of municipalities thinks this goes beyond the agreements made with State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak with regard to the amnesty scheme for asylum seekers that entered the country under the old Aliens Act.

"Municipalities do not keep a list of illegal aliens," VNG chairman Wim Deetman said on Friday. "Nor do mayors have the authority to check whether someone is living in the Netherlands legally or not."

The VNG chairman was speaking out in response to Groningen mayor Jacques Wallage''s urging that municipalities should hand over information on illegal aliens to Albayrak. Hilversum mayor Ernst Bakker said in the Volkskrant today that he will not hand over information to the state on people who are not eligible for the amnesty.

The VNG says that municipalities are only required to answer for whether an individual was living in the Netherlands in 2006. They send this declaration to the state secretary, who decides whether someone is eligible for a residence permit or not.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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