Council of Europe lashes out at Netherlands
Dutch rules governing family reunification are in violation of human rights. And it is becoming increasingly difficult for migrants to bring their families to the Netherlands.
These remarks were made by Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. The organisation was founded by the parliaments of all EU member states to promote democracy and human rights.
Migrants filing an application for the reunification of their family have to meet demands, Commissioner Hammarberg said, which present insurmountable obstacles for applicants who want to be reunited with their loved ones.
Even migrants who have been living in the Netherlands for a long time, or have acquired Dutch nationality, are deprived of their right to family reunification. Commissioner Hammarberg spoke of immigration policies across Europe, but singled out the Netherlands as the primary example thereof.
He pointed to the Rutte cabinet, which together with the Freedom Party has decided to tighten the conditions for family reunification. Commissioner Hammarberg said he was concerned about The Hague's stated intention to amend European legislation on this point.
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