Netherlands: Information on whether the Dutch authorities "summarily" rejected refugee claims of former Soviet Jews who came from Israel, and on whether they started mass deportations of such people
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 May 1993|
|Citation / Document Symbol||NLD14126|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Netherlands: Information on whether the Dutch authorities "summarily" rejected refugee claims of former Soviet Jews who came from Israel, and on whether they started mass deportations of such people, 1 May 1993, NLD14126, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abc368.html [accessed 23 May 2013]|
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According to a representative of the Refugee Department, Coordinator of Amnesty International in Amsterdam, Dutch authorities have rejected the refugee claims of former Soviet Jews who came from Israel on the basis that they did not meet the definition of a refugee as stated in the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (19 May 1993).
For further information on this subject, please refer to the attached media reports.
Additional and/or corroborating information on the requested subject could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB.
Refugee Department, Coordinator at Amnesty International, Amsterdam, 19 May 1993. Telephone interview with representative.
The Gazette [Montreal]. 23 December 1991. Final Edition. Lance Gay. "Dutch Government Begins to Crack Down on Influx of Illegal Immigrants; Church Sanctuary will not be Allowed." (NEXIS)
The Jerusalem Post. 18 December 1991. Jacob Wirtschafter. "Soviet Returnees Still Unsure of Who and Where They Are." (NEXIS)
The Jerusalem Post. 26 December 1991. Herb Keinon. "Soviet Jews Unlikely to Stay in South Africa." (NEXIS)
Middle East News Network. 17 December 1991. "Holland Deports Soviet Jews to Israel." (NEXIS)
Reuters. 23 December 1991. BC Cycle. "Dutch Expel Nine More Russian Jews." (NEXIS)
_____. 19 January 1992. BC Cycle. Esther Hansen-Loeve. "Russian or Jewish? Families in Search of a Nation." (NEXIS)S)
The Times [Jerusalem]. 18 December 1991. Richard Beeston. "Emigres Tire of Promised Land." (NEXIS)