“Anyone convicted of war crimes or sentenced to more than a month in jail is excluded from the new measure.” Whew. That’ll keep jihadists out. From AKI, with thanks to WriterMom:
Amsterdam, 13 June (AKI) – In a political U-turn, the Dutch parliament has approved residence permits for 30,000 immigrants who applied for and failed to get asylum before 2001. Anyone convicted of war crimes or sentenced to more than a month in jail is excluded from the new measure. The amnesty was proposed last November by the parliament elected in polls that led to the centre-left Labour party entering the governing coalition at the expense of the Liberal VVD party. The governing coalition is led by the Christian Democrats (CDA).
Former immigration minister, hardliner Rita Verdonk, ordered the deportation of 26,000 asylum seekers. However, the previous government collapsed last June following a political row sparked by its handling of the disputed citizenship of Somali-born Dutch politician and feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
The immigration issue has gripped Dutch politics since the murders of two prominent campaigners against Muslim extremism – rightwing independent politician Pim Fortuyn and film-maker Theo van Gogh. Van Gogh was murdered in an Amsterdam street in 2004 by a Muslim extremist after his film ‘Submission’ highlighting domestic violence against Muslim women was aired on Dutch television. Hirsi Ali received death threats over the short film, for which she wrote the screenplay.