Antillean MPs condemn Dutch integration policy

26th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Antillean Parliament has condemned the new Dutch integration system, claiming it relegates Antillean people to second-rate citizens. All Antillean parties backed a motion lodged by government coalition party PAR criticising the policy of Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, Dutch public news service NOS reported on Thursday. With the Dutch government moving to crack down on immigration and forcing new arrivals to integrate, Antillean MPs were particularly critical of the dis

26 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Antillean Parliament has condemned the new Dutch integration system, claiming it relegates Antillean people to second-rate citizens.
 
All Antillean parties backed a motion lodged by government coalition party PAR criticising the policy of Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, Dutch public news service NOS reported on Thursday.
 
With the Dutch government moving to crack down on immigration and forcing new arrivals to integrate, Antillean MPs were particularly critical of the distinction made between Dutch nationals born in the European Union and Dutch nationals born elsewhere.

Antilleans have Dutch nationality, but the Parliament in Willemstad fears that they will be relegated to second-class citizens.

Verdonk wants Dutch nationals born outside the EU to not only do an integration course but successfully pass a compulsory exam. Failing to do so will result in a fine.

In its motion, the Antillean Parliament urged the Dutch Parliament to speak out against Verdonk's legislative proposal. The motion was signed by all Antillean MPs, but must still officially pass through Parliament at its next sitting on 7 September.

The Antillean government sent a protest letter to Verdonk two weeks ago and Prime Minister Etienne Ys claims the legislative proposal breaches international equal opportunity rights and a ban on racial discrimination.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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