Somalia: Dutch Cannot Send Back Westernized Somali Asylum-Seeker

Wim Jansen, All Africa, August 1, 2012

The Netherlands’ highest legal body has ruled that the Dutch government must take into consideration how Westernized asylum-seekers are when evaluating their asylum requests. It follows thus that if asylum-seekers are unable to readjust to their country of origin, they must be allowed to stay in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Council of State made this decision in a case involving a Somali woman. The Dutch authorities had rejected her asylum request, which meant that she would have to return to Somalia. But the council ruled that Somali refugees have adopted too many Western norms and values to be able to return to Somalia, where they would have to live under the strict Islamic rule of the al-Shabaab movement.

The ruling follows a judgment by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in June 2011. The court found that Somalis who were Westernized and forced to return to their country had a greater chance of facing serious problems.

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  • Vil

    It’s hard to imagine that any SS-African will ever adapt Western norms and values.
    And why should they? Theirs are obviously far superior. Just take a look at their country of origin.

  • NYB

    If anything, a Westernized Somali should excel in his home country, and help it develop.

    Historically, people prosper when the diaspora comes home.

    When the Asia Minor Greeks were denaturalized and repatriated in 1922-23 under the Treaty of Lausanne, the arrival of the Asia Minor Greeks resulted in the rise of the
    agricultural production of Greece by 400%.   Arable land increased
    by 55%.   A new era of industrialization and cultural renewal began, and wealthy elites like Aristotle Onassis got their start.

  • Rocky Bass,

    Cry me a freaking river! Ship them to another African paradise then!

  • Anders Behring Breivik should have done some work on the 
    European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

    • Sherman_McCoy


  • The__Bobster

    Somoolies routinely return home to visit relatives. Refugees, my arse.

    • Fakeemail

       Aint that the truth.  Every oppressed “refugee” I’ve ever met is always spending the summer back in the homeland.  They never consider themselves American (rightfully).

      By letting all these people into America we have stunted the foreign countries of any opportunity for growth and change while simultaneously destroying ourselves.

      • Oil Can Harry

        My advice to the West: if  Somalia won’t take these goons back take them on a ship and leave them ashore off Somalia’s coast. 

  • Jay11

    Umm, what western norms have they adopted?  I know some somalis who’ve lived here for years.  They still look and act like they just got off the plane.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      And smell.

  • Really?  How about we put them on a barge off the Somali shore, and leave them there.  

  • MarcusTrajanus

    They wear Nikes and baseball caps with the holographic label still attached, they listen to rap and use iPhones. It would be cruel to send them back when they have become so completely “Westernized”.

  • KenelmDigby

    So basically any nation that has subscribed to the ECHR (that is all western European nations), has its hands tied behind its back and is FORCED to accept the permenance of third world immigration.

  • KenelmDigby

    So long as nations subscribe to the ECHR they will have absolutely no defence whatsoever in trying to limit immigration by repatriation.
    A precedent has been set, on grounds that are just to simple not to be invoked.

  • I searched my brain for “Westernized Somali.”


    404 Error:  Not Found.

  • nutcases that made this decision.

  • crystal evans

    The Netherlands should just put this woman and other rejected asylum seekers on a plane bound for Somalia.  These people will have to learn how to live back home.

  • MarcusTrajanus

    No Somali should be given “asylum” in The Netherlands, asylum seekers should ask for asylum in the nearest save country firs, not treck halfway across the globe to distant European nations that they think will give not just asylum but the most free stuff.
    Another alternative is that if we as Europeans and Westerners are  to be responsible for saving Third Worlders from themselves, we should do it right there in the Third World. We set up refugee colonies in an African country that is willing to rent or sell us the land, we set up centers where the refugees can life and work and as soon as their country is deemed safe they go back. We don’t set them loose in Western nations, we don’t waste money teaching them our languages, we don’t get them used to living a life of parasitism and crime, it’s win-win for all involved, especially for us.

  • JohnEngelman

    Does Westernization include a lack of felony convictions?