2004 August 05 Thursday
Dutch To Bribe Rejected Asylum Seekers To Leave

Trying to get rid of over 26,000 foreigners who have been denied asylum the Netherlands is going to bribe them to leave.

The Dutch government this week softened the blow of its tough new immigration law by offering refugee families whose asylum applications are rejected a sum of $7,200 to voluntarily leave the land of windmills, dikes, wooden shoes and Hans Brinker.

Their thinking is that the cost of monthly government benefits is high enough that bribing the illegals to leave will save money. But why can't they just round them up and put them on airplanes to their countries of origin?

As nutty as Dutch immgration policy may seem tighter enforcement and changed immigration laws are having a dramatic effect in reducing the influx of new asylum seekers and applicants for citizenship.

The number of people applying for asylum in the Netherlands fell from 43,500 in 2000 to just 13,400 in 2003. The Immigration Ministry said last week that just 4,832 asylum applications were received in the first half of this year.

And applications for Dutch citizenship are also expected to fall sharply this year, from 32,000 in 2003 to a projected 24,000 this year.

Update: Part of the problem is that, as this report on European Commission negotiations mentions, countries of origin for illegal aliens resist taking back their own nationals.

The Commission has also put forward a communication focusing on the seven re-admission agreements that the Commission is negotiating with Morocco, Russia, Pakistan, Ukraine, Algeria, China and Turkey to get them to take back their illegal immigrants. The communication says these pacts are a key element in fighting illegal immigration. Since September 2000, only four readmission agreements have been signed with Hong Kong, Macao, Sri Lanka and Albania. Finalising such agreements is proving difficult because third countries think they do not get enough in return for their efforts. They are asking the EU to open its labour market to their nationals in return for their efforts.

The Dutch have started to force immigrants to learn Dutch language and culture.

Under the new system, immigrants will be forced to pay for the courses themselves and if they successfully pass the course within three years, they will be refunded part of the costs. If they have not passed a language exam in five years, immigrants will not be issued with a permanent residence permit.

Eventually immigrants to the Netherlands will even be required to pass an integration exam before being allowed to enter the Netherlands.

AMSTERDAM It will take at least another year before would-be permanent immigrants will be required to complete an integration exam in their country of origin before being allowed entry to the Netherlands.

Imagine the United States carrying out such a program. Millions of Mexicans would have to learn English and American ways before they can even cross the border. Only would-be immigrants motivated enough and smart enough to pass the tests would get in. Immigrant quality and willingness and ability to assimilate would rise and the numbers coming in would fall.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2004 August 05 01:16 PM  Immigration Law Enforcement

John S Bolton said at August 5, 2004 9:05 PM:

If one is willing to be a little undiplomatic, any country will accept its nationals. They can be told that otherwise no one from that country will be admitted in the future, if they don't take the deportees back. Airlines can be fined or boycotted, if they violate a rule about not bringing in any nationals of a country that was thus under a special restriction. The assasination of Fortuyn seems to have furthered the cause of anti-immigrationism, making it look unstoppable.

Brock said at August 6, 2004 1:23 PM:

Those last two links from Expatica are quite interesting. It's too bad we'll never see if it works - since I bet all those Asylyum seekers are just applying to other EU countries with lower standards. Unless the EU can coordinate these types of programs, presenting a uniform front, it won't work. The immigrants will just seek out the least-challenging nation of entry.

I think I'd support such a program, if any US pol had the balls to suggest it. Not holding my breath though.

Brenda said at August 6, 2004 3:57 PM:

The Netherlands is the most densely populated country in Europe. The Dutch should just stop all immigration, period. They are full up. How many more people are they supposed to pack in?

Proborders said at August 11, 2004 12:18 AM:

Two prospective immigrants:

Person A is 25, born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and a high school graduate who did not attend college or university. Person B is also 25, born and raised in a non-English speaking country, and has the equivalent of a master's degree. Person A speaks English. Person B's foreign languages in school were Latin and German (ok, this might be rare or relatively rare these days). Person B doesn't speak English.

If both A and B were allowed to migrate here, the future children of B would probably do better in terms of income and educational attainment than the future children of A.

I would likely oppose a requirement that prospective immigrants be proficient in both written and spoken English. However, immigrants to this country should have sufficient literacy in at least one language. With some exceptions applicants for immigration visas (to this country) should have at least the equivalent of a high school diploma.

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