CDA pulls support for PVV motion

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22 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Christian democrats (CDA) no longer support a motion from the Freedom party (PVV) demanding that the cabinet amend legislation so that foreigners may only apply once for a regular residence permit for work, study or family reunification.

22 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Christian democrats (CDA) no longer support a motion from the Freedom party (PVV) demanding that the cabinet amend legislation so that foreigners may only apply once for a regular residence permit for work, study or family reunification.

Without the support of the CDA the motion no longer has support from a majority in Parliament.

The cabinet already announced at the beginning of this month that it would not be able to implement a motion that had been initiated by the PVV and passed by Parliament last year. The government said that it is not legally possible to block a foreigner from applying for a residence permit more than once.

The CDA was convinced by the government's arguments, said Wim van de Camp, CDA member, in discussion in Parliament on Wednesday. "A remarkable about-face," said PVV MP Sietse Fritsma.

Fritsma pointed out that this doesn't solve the problem however. Van de Camp acknowledged this, but also said that Fritsma should not be under the impression that the PVV's motion was the only way to solve the problem.

Fraud must be tackled effectively, Van de Camp said, but there are other ways of doing that.

The PVV believes that foreigners pile application on top of application in order to "continuously stall" their impending departure from the Netherlands.  This not only undermines the repatriation policy, the PVV said, but also increases the workload for the courts and the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) unnecessarily.

Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin and state secretary for immigration Nebahat Albayrak have already indicated that they want to limit the abuse of procedures as much as possible. Measures have already been taken and other means are being considered to further combat abuse of the system.

The Liberal VVD remains in agreement with the PVV on this point. Henk Kamp (VVD) said the government had adopted an "obstinate" position towards the PVV motion. A foreigner whose first application is rejected must leave. This should also be the case if a foreigner is found to have committed fraud in his application. "Anyone who cheats the system must go," Kamp said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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