Immigrants 'to pay more' for same pension

25th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 February 2005 , AMSTERDAM — The Cabinet was expected on Friday to discuss plans to force immigrants pay more in order to catch up on so-called "lost" pension years.

25 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Cabinet was expected on Friday to discuss plans to force immigrants pay more in order to catch up on so-called "lost" pension years.

Social Affairs State Secretary Henk van Hoof is proposing that immigrants be forced to pay extra premiums once they arrive in the country to supplement their AOW elderly pensions, RTL News reported.

Currently, every year spent in the Netherlands means immigrants acquire 2 percent of the AOW pension. If an immigrant arrives at the age of 30 and works until the age of 65, he or she will have built up 70 percent of the pension.

De Geus is proposing that immigrants pay a "catch-up rate" to eliminate the inequality of pensions paid to people born in the Netherlands and immigrants. Dutch people start building up their old age pension from the age of 15.

Social insurance bank SVB said it does not matter if people have worked every year between the age of 15 and 65. So long as they have legally lived in the Netherlands between those ages they have a right to a full AOW pension.

A Social Affairs Ministry spokeswoman refused to confirm the proposal, but told Expatica that the cabinet was discussing on Friday a range of proposals aimed at making it more difficult for immigrants to avail of the Dutch social security system.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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