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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The Netherlands encourage developing countries to help returning nationals

The Netherlands will pay more attention to the fact that governments of developing countries contribute their share to help returning nationals. These are aliens who are not allowed to stay in the Netherlands after an unsuccessful application for asylum or after illegal residence. This is the decision of the Council of Ministers following a proposal by State Secretary Knapen (Development) and Minister Leers (Immigration and Asylum). The Netherlands have set aside 9 million EUR per year to help developing countries in matters of migration and development. If a developing country refuses to cooperate, this could have consequences for bilateral cooperation and the development relationship with the government. The government wants to help former asylum seekers who voluntarily return to their country build a new life. This can be done through the attribution of money, but it can also be achieved through training or help to find work. The Netherlands and other European countries want to work towards the creation of adequate shelter facilities in countries of origin and towards an effective tracing of underage migrants’ relatives. Former asylum seekers who do not go back voluntarily, can be forced to leave. It is important that the countries of origin support this by issuing temporary travel documents. In the European context, the Netherlands want to work on combating illegal migration and promote the safe return of migrants to their own region. For the period 2011-2013, Brussels has earmarked 179 million EUR for migration and development in developing countries. The Netherlands will urge that funds remain available beyond 2013 to assist developing countries in the return of migrants.

Source: Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry

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