Foreign partner website survives server crisis
22 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Praising a flood of donations that guarantees its immediate future, immigrant lobby and support group Foreign Partner Foundation has reassured the public that its website will soon come back online.
22 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — Praising a flood of donations that guarantees its immediate future, immigrant lobby and support group Foreign Partner Foundation has reassured the public that its website will soon come back online.
Several weeks after informing users that its future was uncertain, the website www.buitenlandsepartner.nl is now assuring users that a new server will be installed in the next few days. The site will then come back online.
The crisis started on 17 January when the website said it was being forced to find a new server because a large increase in hits meant it could no longer make use of its current host.
Foundation chairman Dr Paul Streumer said the growth in visitors meant that other websites which co-used the server were encountering difficulties, forcing the host to ask the group to find another server.
The foundation said it needed EUR 880 to buy a new server and called for donations. Just two weeks later, the amount of donations collected had exceeded requirements, amounting to EUR 1,111.
A new server was ordered and the website issued a press release on 6 February thanking donors and users of its discussion forum for their words of encouragement.
But the website suddenly went offline on Friday after the old host denied service. Streumer said the foundation was thus forced to accelerate the transfer of the website to its new server.
Still offline on Tuesday, the website is opening up to a temporary page — instead of an initial failed link page — alerting users that the website is offline. The message on the page assures users that the transfer across to the new server will be completed in the coming days.
There are 300 new users registering with the forum each month, leading to 100,000 page views per month. But the web server crisis prompted the foundation to admit last month that the "continued existence of www.buitenlandsepartner.nl is at this moment uncertain".
The Dutch-language website gives Dutch nationals with a foreign partner information on the nation's political climate. 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. Foundation officials regularly meet 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 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.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news