Coolest christmas thing to do in the Netherlands: visit the Church in The Hague that is entering its 9th week of holding uninterrupted 24/7 church services to prevent the police from entering the building and deporting a refugee family.
The church always needs at least one visitor to legally be in service so a time like 5 AM is the very best moment to come show your solidarity.
The 'kinderpardon' agreement hinged on whether a child who grew up in the Netherlands is allowed to stay because they are is 'rooted' in Dutch society and can not be expected to build a new home in a country they have never seen.
The new agreement protects about 700 children who have grown up in the Netherlands from deportation, but closes the door to future applications based on the same grounds.
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