The Dutch government led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte has collapsed on Friday after failing to reach a deal on restricting immigration, which will trigger new elections in the fall.
The crisis was triggered by a push by Rutte’s conservative VVD party to limit the flow of asylum seekers to the Netherlands, which two of his four-party government coalition refused to support.
Rutte said differences among the cabinet had become “insurmountable” and he would tender the resignation of the entire cabinet to the king. He said the coalition partners had differing opinions about immigration policy, especially on a proposal to limit the entrance of children of war refugees who are already in the Netherlands and to make families wait at least two years before they can be united.
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