Cabinet rejects motion from Wilders

8th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 March 2007 AMSTERDAM – Foreigners should be able to apply for a regular residence permit for work, study or family reunification more than once. The government has rejected a motion from the Party for Freedom (PVV) adopted by Parliament which asks that the regulations be changed so that foreigners only be allowed to submit an application once.

8 March 2007
 
AMSTERDAM – Foreigners should be able to apply for a regular residence permit for work, study or family reunification more than once. The government has rejected a motion from the Party for Freedom (PVV) adopted by Parliament which asks that the regulations be changed so that foreigners only be allowed to submit an application once.

It is "neither possible nor desirable" to give a foreigner only one opportunity to submit such an application. This is what Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin and state secretary for immigration Nebahat Albayrak wrote to Parliament on Wednesday. Wilders wants to stop foreigners from being able to submit an unlimited number of applications for a regular residence permit and being allowed to stay in the country to await the decision from the IND.

He says that this allows foreigners to stay in the Netherlands for an unnecessarily long period of time. It also undermines the repatriation policy and unnecessarily increases the workload for the courts and the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, Wilders says. In any event the Christian democrat CDA, Liberal VVD and Pim Fortuyn Party LPF supported his motion during the debate at the end of September last year.

The minister and state secretary said that it is not legally possible to stop a foreigner from submitting a new application, even if the applicant had submitted false or inaccurate information in the past. Banning someone from submitting a second application could also be in violation of European regulations, or the basis for the European Human Rights Treaty.

It could also lead to talented students being unable to work in the Netherlands after completing a degree here because they would only be able to apply for a regular residence permit once, the cabinet pointed out.

Hirsch Ballin and Albayrak want to limit as much as possible the abuse of procedures, the piling up of application after application in an attempt to buy time for instance. They say measures have already been taken to combat this and other means of further tackling fraudulent dealing are being considered.

Wilders was extremely disappointed at the cabinet's response and will ask for a debate on the matter. If that does not yield a satisfactory result, the PVV is considering submitting proposed legislation to this end itself.

Wilders said he thought it was remarkable that the new cabinet has once again rejected a motion initiated by the PVV and adopted by Parliament. This happened recently with the PVV's proposal for a ban on burqas.

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