The Dutch state secretary of Asylum and Migration, Mark Harbers (VVD), resigned after serious crimes are omitted in the figures on criminality among asylum seekers.
The Room is not well informed, acknowledges Harbers. He insists that of evil intent, there was no, but I would ‘assume full responsibility’ for the mistakes.
Harbers came in trouble after it was revealed that serious crimes such as child abuse, murder, and manslaughter in the figures not explicitly reported. They fell under the title ‘other’.
Harbers counts himself that he has not asked what is happening under the vague heading of ‘other’ were grouped for the crime rates to the Chamber were sent. He also thinks that he should have been questioning whether there are aware for was chosen.
All parties were unhappy with the issue. “We must be confident that directors are honest, even if the message is not so nice,” said mp Attje Kuiken (PvdA). “Otherwise feeds the mistrust.’
‘Politics can be hard,” responds prime minister Mark Rutte, who has respect for the decision of Harbers. “His assessment is pure. But it is incredibly sad that we as a government had to say goodbye to this talented and committed liberal.’