Netherlands local media has reported
that employees of Dutch Immigration Naturalization offices (IND) are under
pressure to quickly approve as many residency permits as possible for asylum
Allegedly, the IND has been given
this directive to avoid investing too much time on scrutinizing sensitive or
Unfortunately, many of these asylum seekers have a criminal
“Due to capacity problems, the Dutch
immigration and naturalization service is putting pressure on employees to not
revoke the residency permits of asylum seekers convicted of crimes,” NL Times
reported, citing information obtained by NRC Media.
“Internal IND documents in the
newspaper’s possession show that the revocation team in Zwolle is being
pressured by management to revoke as few residency permits as possible… A
whistleblower previously told the newspaper that criminal – or lying – asylum
seekers wrongly retain their residency permits.”
IND document acquired by local media
revealed that Officials want to speed up the process because investigations on
the backgrounds of applicants are costly and time-consuming.
“The focus is on quick non-revocation
of residency permits (in particular the labor-intensive cases),” the document
stated. “We find that we are too busy with money-generating actions.”
The report was released soon after a
scandal involving a Dutch Immigration Minister, Mark Harbers broke out.
Harbers allegedly misled the public
about the magnitude and severity of crimes being committed by migrants. A few
weeks ago, Harbers already resigned under pressure after being implicated in a
systematic concealment of migrant criminality in the Netherlands.
Investigations linked to the
controversy showed that in 2018, out of a total 4,600 crimes attributed to
migrants, a category labeled “Other” with 1,000 miscellaneous
offenses was found to be partially comprised of rapes, murders, child sex
abuse, and other equally disturbing acts.
This is not first case of migrant
crime stats’ concealment in Netherlands.
De Telegraaf reportedly
uncovered that the Ministry of Justice and Security falsely claimed that
migrant crime data wasn’t tracked at all, when in truth police were keeping