Netherlands: Asylum granted for FGM fears

Netherlands: Asylum granted for FGM fears

This is the first time I've seen confirmation of any sort that asylum is being given based on cultural grounds.

The ministerial answer is available here (Dutch)


Families who ask for asylum since they're afraid their daughters would be circumcised, could possibly have to show that this procedure was not yet done.  State Secretary Nebahat Albayrak (Justice) will see if it's possible to request a doctor's statement.

Colleague Jet Bussemaker (Health) said this Tuesday in response to a question by the VDD.  This is for families from countries where female circumcision is the practice.  After five years, when the first asylum permit expires, a statement could be requested one more time [the second permit is permanent].  If there's no such statement, the family might possibly not be granted asylum.

Source: Telegraaf (Dutch)

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