Dutch should be allowed dual nationality

11th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

A majority in parliament does not support a law that would require Dutch nationals who move abroad to forgo their Dutch citizenship. The draft legislation, proposed by Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner, would restrict dual nationality for those living in the Netherlands and Dutch nationals overseas.

The Labour, Green Left, Democrat and conservative VVD parties want Minister Donner to re-think the bill, newspaper reported Friday. According to them, the law tells Dutch nationals who voluntarily take another nationality that "we don’t want them anymore.”

The provision has already caused a stir from Dutch citizens living abroad. Last month, an online petition against the bill was launched stating “identity and loyalty to the Netherlands do not get lost with a second nationality.” It has garnered over 13,500 signatures. 

Currently, the Council of State is reviewing the legislation. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry declined to comment until the advisory body makes its ruling.

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