It is "precisely the intention" that not many child asylum seekers qualify for the children's pardon, State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security said in a debate about Lili and Howick on Wednesday. The two Armenian kids were set to be deported on Saturday, after living in the Netherlands for 10 years, but got an exemption at the last minute, AD reports.
The Amsterdam city council wants asylum children who've been living in the Netherlands for more than five years, to be able to stay in the country because this is now their home. The council called on Mayor Femke Halsema to ask State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security to implement a so-called children's pardon, Het Parool report.
State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security received such serious threats regarding the deportation of two Armenian children, that he had to go into hiding last week, sources in The Hague told the Telegraaf.
An Armenian mother was deported from the Netherlands on Monday without her children Howick (12) and Lily (11). The family lived in the Netherlands for nine years. According to children's rights organization Defense for Children, this is the first time ever that a mother was deported without her kids. "Horrible", the organization said, according to RTL Nieuws.
A group of 30 prominent PvdA members in Friesland wrote an open letter in which they criticize party chairman Hans Spekman and party leader Diederik Samsom. In the letter, published in the Leeuwarder Courant on Monday, the PvdA'ers accuse the leadership of ignoring the party members, the party's direction and giving members and voters nothing in return.
The PvdA will be submitting a proposal in parliament on Tuesday demanding a fairer implementation of the children's pardon, PvdA leader Diederik Samsom said on Monday
About 80 percent of PvdA leaders want to relax the rules around the children's pardon to give more child asylum seekers a chance on a residency permit for he Netherlands, was revealed at a party meeting inNieuwegein. But the party leadership is refusing, Trouw reports.
Thirteen year old Tri from Wageningen will no longer be deported to Vietnam. The Pham family can stay in Wageningen, Mayor Geert van Rumund announced on Thursday.
Thirteen year old Tri Pam is facing deportation to Vietnam after living in the Netherlands all his life. State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice announced his deportation in a letter to the mayor of Wageningen, where Tri Pam lives
The Council of State agrees with State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice) that undocumented immigrants who wish to qualify for the children's pardon have to actively participate in remaining on the radar of foreigner institutions.
According to the Ninls Muiznieks, High Commissioner for Human Rights of the human rights organization Council of Europe, undocumented immigrants in the Netherlands are in legal limbo and this situation needs to be urgently addressed.