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Forced return of migrants: a PACE hearing in The Hague

Strasbourg, 24.03.2009 – The Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) is holdingtwo hearings in The Hague (Dutch Senate, Eerste Kamer Binnenhof 22) this week.

The first, which will take place on 26 March from 9.00 am to 12.15 pm, in the presence of the Dutch State Secretary of Justice and the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will focus on Dutch policy on the forced return of migrants and the integration of migrants and refugees in the Netherlands. A visit to a holding centre for irregular migrants is also scheduled. 
The second hearing, on 27 March from 10.15 am to 1.30 pm, will look at assisted voluntary returns for irregular migrants.
The hearings are open to the press.
The committee will also adopt the report by Corien Jonker (Netherlands, EPP/CD) on “The humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia: follow-up given to Resolution 1648 (2009).”