The Netherlands announced new measures yesterday which will turn it into one of Europe's least welcoming places for those seeking sanctuary. In a television interview which has alarmed anti-racism groups, Hilbrand Nawijn, the new immigration minister, said that illegal immigrants should be locked up in disused military barracks for two months.
A former head of the immigration service, and one of the ministers from Fortuyn's movement, Mr Nawijn said one of the first things he wanted to do was to get tough with immigrants, especially those with criminal tendencies. "I'm thinking about illegal immigrants who cause trouble in the Netherlands," he told the Nova TV programme.
"They come from countries like Turkey, Morocco and North Africa and it is generally the criminal illegal immigrants that cause trouble here. We need to be as tough as possible."
The carrying identity papers will be mandatory.
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