“Cabinet drops controversial plan to make illegality a criminal offence”

“In a major u-turn, the cabinet has abandoned plans to make being in the Netherlands without proper papers a criminal offence, following pressure from coalition partner Labour. In return for dropping a key part of the coalition accord, Labour has agreed to give a bigger tax break to people earning over €40,000 a year.

Labour MPs had remained opposed to the plan to make it a crime to be an illegal immigrant, despite its inclusion in the coalition agreement. ‘This was a measure which kept following us and continued to hurt us,’ Labour leader Diederik Samsom said on Tuesday, after the change of heart was announced. […]”

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