NETHERLANDS: Dutch State should provide basic need for undocumented migrants

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The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has ruled, in a 'decision on immediate measures' (on October 25 2013) that the Dutch state has an obligation to provide for basic needs (shelter, food and clothing) to persons living in the Netherlands who are not granted residence permits.

“to such an extent that undocumented migrants have access to shelter, food and clothing in order to safeguard their human dignity and prevent further harm”

This is a provisory ruling, the definitive is still to come. But it could also set a precedent for other European countries denying undocumented migrants these rights. The ruling was done on the request of a claim by the Dutch Protestant Churches, via the Conference of European Churches.

See the full text of the decision here

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