During the first 9 months of 2016, almost 10,000 migrants who were asylum status holders have been suspected of committing crimes in the Netherlands. More than 100 of them have already been convicted and are awaiting jail sentences of 6 years of more.
Asylum status holders are migrants that have requested asylum and have received a temporary residence permit. The group of suspected asylum status holders is currently being extra monitored, because a conviction could very well mean that they’ll lose their temporary residence permit.
In about 104 cases, released Dutch police documents have shown, the crimes committed are serious crimes and involve years of imprisonment. Crimes such as armed robberies or sexual assault (read rape).
There are also 183 migrants that have committed more than one crime. And more than 9,300 migrants are suspected of at least a single criminal offence. These migrants are migrants that requested their first asylum status in 2015 and 2016. In this same period approximately 60,000 people requested asylum in the Netherlands.
Statistics of crimes committed by migrants in the Netherlands, Paul van Musscher, the Chief of Police in The Hague and a member of the national group on Immigration and Migration Crime, said that not every migrant convicted of shoplifting and vandalism is being deported.
He goes on by saying that: “A ‘gliding scale’ is being applied. Which basically means that the longer you’re in the Netherlands, the less chance there is of you being deported when you commit a petty crime. But those that commit a crime and arrived here recently, can be deported quicker”.
Whether this is actually happening is not up to the police, but to the national Immigration and Naturalisation service. They are the ones with the authority to actually deport people. However, in reality, this hardly ever happens.
“The asylum status holders currently on the list where the ‘gliding scale’ is applied on are being monitored”, Van Musscher explains. “These are the people that haven’t received a final judgement conviction or ruling yet from the judge”.
The ‘gliding scale’ was introduced in the 90s as a benchmark to see whether a crime was bad enough to deny a migrant’s asylum application.
Statistics show that asylum seekers/migrants are mostly arrested for shoplifting. Other widely committed offences are ‘crimes against personal integrity’, which include: insults, threats, spitting in a victim’s face, sexual assault, rape and violence.
This article will be updated when new information becomes available.
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