The Minister agues that – the now famous – Angolan asylum seeker Mauro will probably have to return to Angola by the end of the year. Curiously, the Minister argues that Mauro has been lying about his surname and date of birth, while previously the same Minister had made a formal statement, that he wouldn’t blame Mauro for having submitted false information as the boy was around 10 years old at the time and said information most probably has been submitted by others.
Minister For Immigration And Asylum Gerd Leers recently made a visit to Angola and may have decided that the local weather is nice enough for Mauro to return. The Dutch ambassador in Luanda, Cor van Honk, has noted that Mauro doesn’t have to worry upon his return to Angola because the country has changed since the end of the civil war in 2002 and thanks to the oil industry there’s significant economic growth, of benefit to the approx. 4,000 Angolan refugees that have returned to their home country between 2006 and 2010. Most of them are doing well over here, Honk Stated. The Dutch have also financed an orphanage in Angola with the aim to send back children to Angola whenever they arrive in The Netherlands to seek refuge.
No mention of the fact that Mauro by now has become part of Dutch society after so many years of never-ending bureaucracy.
No reference to the fact that according to UNICEF, deportation of a minor who has been in The Netherlands for more than 5 years (8 years in this case) is in breach of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Study: Leaving The Netherlands – Twenty years of voluntary return policy in the Netherlands (1989-2009)
So far, none of the cabinets seem to have been able to find an effective reconciliation of the need for negative action to ensure that asylum seekers take their own responsibility to leave the Netherlands, and the reality that not all of them will do so and present local communities with an imperative to assist them, even if this undermines the concept of return policy.
Dutch language news articles:
Dutch language news articles where the Ministry for Immigration and Asylum states that Mauro is not to be blamed for having submitted false information:
Dutch government deports 18-year-old asylum seeker to Angola. He had spent the last 8 years in The Netherlands, has culturally assimilated and only speaks the Dutch language
UNICEF: Deportation of a minor who has been in The Netherlands for more than 5 years (8 years in this case) is in breach of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights