More Dutch people have a second passport

29th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Almost one in every 15 Dutch people in the Netherlands have a second passport, according to a report by the national statistics agency CBS.

29 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — Almost one in every 15 Dutch people in the Netherlands have a second passport, according to a report by the national statistics agency CBS.

At the start of 2005, some 977,000 people had both a Dutch and another passport, up 39,000 on the year before.

The CBS said on Monday that 252,000 Turkish people in the Netherlands have both a Dutch and a Turkish passport.

Moroccans are the second biggest dual nationality group in the Netherlands, with some 215,000 holding Dutch and Moroccan nationality.

A quarter of the people with dual nationality come from another EU member state, while 14,000 people from Suriname, 12,500 US citizens and an equal number of Egyptians also have a Dutch passport.

Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk has made it clear she wants to see a reduction in the number of dual nationality residents in the Netherlands.

She feels giving up the passport of the country of origin will make it easier for new Dutch citizens to integrate and to be loyal to the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news + dual nationality and the Netherlands

 

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