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 seekers.
Allegedly, the IND has been given this directive to avoid investing too much time on scrutinizing sensitive or difficult cases.
Unfortunately, many of these asylum seekers have a criminal history.
“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 such records.