Hirsch Ballin to reduce dual nationality

12th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 October 2007, THE HAGUE – Children who have two passports and have lived in the Netherlands for five years will need to revoke one of their nationalities. The council of ministers will discuss the proposal of Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin today.

12 October 2007

THE HAGUE – Children who have two passports and have lived in the Netherlands for five years will need to revoke one of their nationalities. The council of ministers will discuss the proposal of Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin today.


TV programme RTL Nieuws reported this on Thursday night. The CDA minister will also present plans to revoke the Dutch passports of terrorists, if they happen to have one.


The Netherlands currently has approximately one million inhabitants with dual nationality. By comparison ten years ago 400,000 people had dual nationality. The measures proposed by Hirsch Ballin should put an end to the increase. Almost half of those who have more than one passport have the Turkish or Moroccan nationality.


In the spring of this year the public debate on dual nationality flared up. PVV faction leader Geert Wilders was the instigator of the debate when he criticised state secretaries Nehabat Albayrak and Ahmed Aboutaleb (both PvdA) who in addition to the Dutch nationality, hold a Turkish and Moroccan passport respectively. Possessing two passports would imply that the state secretaries have dual loyalties.


With his plan Hirsch Ballin ignores a recently published report of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). The government’s advisory body feels it is no problem when citizens have a dual nationality. "Having two passports is becoming more and more a fact in a globalising world. Not only for the 'new Dutch' but also for Dutch emigrants," the WRR argues.

The council is in favour of a stringent anti-discrimination policy, that can help citizens feel more at home in the Netherlands. The WRR also called for a more cautious use of words. Sweeping generalisations are often counterproductive, according to the WRR.

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Subject: Dutch news

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