Dutch coalition brokers deal over young migrants

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s four-party ruling coalition brokered a compromise on Tuesday over the politically sensitive issue of whether hundreds of young migrants should be allowed to remain in the country.

A dispute about what to do with children who have been in the Netherlands for so long during the asylum process that they often have put down roots had pitted Rutte’s centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy against three junior coalition partners.

The smaller three coalition parties wanted a more generous approach to such cases and an end to deportations until a commission investigating the issue publishes its findings later this year. At a news conference on Tuesday, Migration Minister Mark Harbers said that under the deal, the cases of many children whose applications were rejected will be reviewed again. Dutch media reported that about 700 children will be affected.

“The expectation is that a large number of the rejected children will be eligible” for a residency permit, Harbers said.