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The De Leeuw Committee: no abuse, but points of improvement

​The independent committee of inquiry into 'suspected abuse at the IND', chaired by former senior civil servant Johan de Leeuw, has not discovered any abuse. However, the committee does recommend a number of improvements.

The committee was established after an IND staff member reported possible abuse within the IND at the end of 2018. This whistle blower spoke up against the assessment of and decisions on applications for admission and continued admission into the Netherlands. The committee has concluded that incidentally IND staff who took decisions on the first applications also took decisions on objections filed in the same cases. The IND will take measures to prevent such administrative lapses in the future.

With respect to the question whether staff at the Legal Affairs Department have the correct mandate to decide on objections, the committee has concluded that the IND has a sound mandate.

Finally, the committee looked into the working method for revoking residence permits. The committee has concluded that procedural mistakes were not often made in revocation cases. Nonetheless, the substantiation has not been organised adequately when it is decided to revoke a permit in cases that are potentially eligible, according to the committee. The IND will take steps to improve this.

The committee has concluded from the inquiry questions in conjunction that it has not discovered any situations that indicate abuse. On the basis of the inquiry, the committee does, however, recommend a number of improvements of the work processes and organisation. Minister Harbers will follow these recommendations and has asked the IND to examine how to implement the recommendations. Prior to discussing the budget, the House of Representatives will be informed about the further details thereof.​

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