Bos to discuss dual nationality

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5 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Labour PvdA deputy prime minister Wouter Bos wants to talk with countries that prohibit their citizens from relinquishing nationality.

5 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Labour PvdA deputy prime minister Wouter Bos wants to talk with countries that prohibit their citizens from relinquishing nationality.

He sees it as a major problem that these countries, a group of seventeen including Morocco, Greece and Argentina, require their citizens to hold on to nationality.

A personal employee of the PvdA leader confirmed this on Sunday. Bos is leaving the option open of whether he wants these talks to lead to treaties allowing nationals of these countries residing in the Netherlands to choose exclusively for Dutch nationality. He made a point of saying that the freedom of choice must exist.

Bos does not support the forced surrender of a second passport. He is addressing in this situation PvdA state secretary Ahmed Aboutaleb, who has both a Dutch and Moroccan passport, and who cannot relinquish his Moroccan nationality if he so chooses.

At an election meeting in Utrecht on Saturday Bos said that he has questions about the fact that children of Dutch Moroccan parents are forced to take Moroccan nationality. "I would like to do something about that."

Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party (PVV) wants to ban dual nationality because of the ostensible conflict of interests and divided loyalty that arises. He submitted a motion of no-confidence against Aboutaleb and dual Dutch-Turkish national state secretary Nebahat Albayrak (also PvdA) on Thursday. He did not get any support in Parliament for the motion.

On the television programme Buitenhof on Sunday PvdA Education Minister Ronald Plasterk reiterated that his party is not endangering the position of the two state secretaries, but is willing to discuss the issue of dual nationality.

He thinks it might be "an idea" to have prospective citizens take a serious oath, like in the US. Plasterk said that naturalised US citizens are allowed to keep their old nationality. He cited Austrian-born California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as an example.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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