Dáil Éireann - Volume 638 - 26 September, 2007
Written Answers. - Departmental Amnesty.
Deputy Michael D. Higgins Deputy Michael D. Higgins
Deputy Michael D. Higgins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if it is envisaged that an amnesty be introduced in order to deal with the large backlog of residency cases which have accrued, a possible model for such a scheme having recently been instated in the Netherlands. [20233/07]
Deputy Brian Lenihan Deputy Brian Lenihan
Deputy Brian Lenihan:I have no plans for the introduction of a general amnesty in respect of persons awaiting a decision on their immigration status in the State. Amnesties or regularisation, in my view, undermine the system of legal migration. They can exacerbate the problem of illegal migration by sending out the wrong message and give rise to a belief that further amnesties will become available in the future.
Dáil Éireann 638 Written Answers. Departmental Amnesty.