Call goes out over citizenship lawsuit
9 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — A foundation has put out a call abroad about a lawsuit against the government in The Hague for denying citizenship to people born to a Dutch mother and foreign father before 1985.
9 August 2006
AMSTERDAM — A foundation has put out a call abroad about a lawsuit against the government in The Hague for denying citizenship to people born to a Dutch mother and foreign father before 1985.
In cooperation with Everaert Advocaten Immigration Lawyers in Amsterdam, the foundation known as Stichting Ne(e)derlandschap: ja! is preparing group proceedings to obtain Dutch nationality for those affected.
"Were you born before 1985 to a Dutch mother and a foreign father? If so, do you feel Dutch even though you don't have Dutch nationality? It may be possible for you to obtain Dutch nationality after all!," the foundation said in a statement.
Children born before 1985 obtained Dutch nationality only if their father was Dutch. Before this date, Dutch mothers could not pass on Dutch nationality to their children where the father had a different nationality. Not until 1985 was the nationality legislation amended to abolish this distinction. As the amendment did not have retroactive effect, the effect of this distinction is still being felt.
In the period 1985-1988, Dutch mothers could opt for Dutch nationality for children born before 1985. But this was not publicised well, according to the campaigners.
"Unfortunately, many people such as you were never informed of this option and remained unaware of it," the foundation said. "The more people who participate in these proceedings, the stronger the case will be."
Some other European countries that had similar discriminatory nationality legislation have already abolished this distinction.
If you would are one of the people affected by the Dutch situation, you can contact Stichting Ne(e)derlandschap: ja!, via
Everaert Advocaten Immigration Lawyers
1017 SG Amsterdam
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Subject: Dutch news