Dutch Parliament rejects Mauro’s plea for residence Permit

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Dutch Parliament rejects Mauro’s plea for residence Permit

On Tuesday, majority at Dutch Parliament rejected the motion of granting the young Angolan  boy Mauro, residence permit to enable him stay in Netherlands. The House refused to vote on the motion of allowing Mauro stay in Netherlands. Now Mauro is aware that he does not have to rely on a residence permit.

Also, the house voted against a motion presented by Minister Gerd Leers (Immigration and Asylum). Gert appealed for Mauro. Out of the 78 votes that were cast, 72 members rejected decision of giving resident permit to Mauro on basis that he is not different from other Asylum seekers.

The option available for Mauro now is to apply for a study visa. Mauro and his family left the Parliamentary House with a heavy heart and in tears. They are deeply disappointed by the decision taken the House.


Background Story

Mauro Manuel is an Asylum seeker, from  Angola who has been staying in the Netherlands since he was 8 years. He has been staying with a Dutch family who sees him as a member of the family and as their son. He is also pursuing his studies in Netherlands.


The debate to enable Mauro stay in Netherlands is stirred by Kathleen Ferrier who shows disapproval on the decision being made by previously by Minister Gerd Leers, in charge of Immigration and Asylum.


Ferrier disagrees with Minister Leers’ decision now because just last month, CDA favored Mauro to stay in Netherlands.


However, on Wednesday, the Minister (also a memebr of CDA) decided to do contrary to what was agreed upon by the CDA. The spokesperson for CDA parliamentary party, Raymond knops echoed this view.


According to the spokesperson of CDA, Sybrand van Haersma Buma, there has been no group discussion with Knops and the decision is being made on behalf of the entire CDA Party.


The party wants Minister Leers to explore all possibilities of allowing Mauro to stay in Netherlands.


Ferrier is a member of the CDA MPs. On October last year, Ferrier voted against cooperation with the PVV.


Many African migrants also do not understand why recently there has been an increased in the number of migrant youth being sent home to their countries of origin when in fact they can work and contribute to the economic development of Netherlands.


On Thursday, the spokesperson for Defense for Children says the detention of foreigners is not often addressed.

The interior Minister has confirmed that Mauro will probably have to comply with International Organization for Migration standard for voluntary repatriation; which will provide voluntary support for his departure.


This decision taken by the house is very disappointing because they have made the law rigid and have not taken any consideration about the circumstances surrounding Mauro’s wellbeing. Is the law made for the people or the people who make the law?Mauro is heart broken and does not know what the future will bring.


Why are they sending a youth who has been brought up in The Netherlands back to Africa, someone who is still at school and can be productive within the Netherlands and European economy?  What kind of life can a boy who has spent a greater part of his life in Netherlands lead when he is forcefully being sent home at this time?


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