Foreign partner website faces uncertain future

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19 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch immigrant lobby and assistance group Foreign Partner Foundation is in danger of losing its website and has called for urgent donations.

19 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch immigrant lobby and assistance group Foreign Partner Foundation is in danger of losing its website and has called for urgent donations.

A press release said on Wednesday that the foundation was informed two weeks ago that its website would need to find another server. An increase in visitors meant that the website is placing too many demands on the host server.

Foundation chairman Dr Paul Streumer said the growth in visitors meant that other websites which co-use the server are encountering difficulties, forcing the host to ask the group to find another server.

He said the website has been temporarily relocated, reducing accessibility of the site. This is only a short-term option and the "continued existence of www.buitenlandsepartner.nl is at this moment uncertain".

Streumer said the foundation's Dutch-language website gives Dutch nationals with a foreign partner information on the Dutch political climate and other information. It also provides assistance to "victims" of government anti-immigrant policy.
  
It aims to represent the interests of Dutch nationals with a non-European Union partner, hoping to exert influence on the Dutch government and bring about change in its immigration policy. It regularly meets with Dutch MPs.

Among its demands are a parliamentary inquiry into the problems around the immigration service IND; a system of one immigration authority, one visa and a permit decision is made in four weeks and recognition of the right of children to family life.

It is also demanding abolition of the minimum income level Dutch nationals must earn before being allowed to bring a foreign partner into the country, residence permits of EUR 28 for family immigrants and the integration of foreign partners immediately upon arrival in the Netherlands.
 
And to keep its website in the air, the foundation said it has decided to buy its own server for EUR 880. It will also need to pay a monthly fee of EUR 25 to find a host for the server.
 
The volunteer group exists on donations and has requested users of the website to donate extra money to keep it operating. But due to the increasing number of visitors to the site, the foundation said it is confident it will raise the amount needed.

People wishing to make a donation can fill in a form here. Money can also be transferred to Giro 9517303. Donations should be made out to: Stichting Buitenlandse Partner based in Houten.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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