Under pressure to deport: Dutch officials engage in shady practices

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The Netherlands is working together with what some say are dubious police officials from Guinea to extradite Guinean asylum seekers. The officials issue identity papers to the Guineans at a cost, enabling the Netherlands to deport them to their country of origin. The Dutch immigration authorities have denied the asylum seekers residence permits, but they can’t extradite the Guineans because they lack the necessary documents.