Council of Europe lashes out at Netherlands

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Dutch rules governing family reunification are in violation of human rights. And it is becoming increasingly difficult for migrants to bring their families to the Netherlands.

These remarks were made by Thomas Hammarberg,  the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. The organisation was founded by the parliaments of all EU member states to promote democracy and human rights.

Migrants filing an application for the reunification of their family have to meet demands, Commissioner Hammarberg said, which present insurmountable obstacles for applicants who want to be reunited with their loved ones.

Even migrants who have been living in the Netherlands for a long time, or have acquired Dutch nationality, are deprived of their right to family reunification. Commissioner Hammarberg spoke of immigration policies across Europe, but singled out the Netherlands as the primary example thereof.

He pointed to the Rutte cabinet, which together with the Freedom Party has decided to tighten the conditions for family reunification. Commissioner Hammarberg said he was concerned about The Hague's stated intention to amend European legislation on this point.  



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3 Comments To This Article

  • Andrea posted:

    on 9th February 2011, 12:00:47 - Reply

    I think you didn't understand the article. The migrant is the one that wants to be united with the loved one in NL. Actually, as I can tell you from my own experience, it is better to be a non-NL national if you fall in love with a foreigner. Well, an EU national, of course. It is doable and you avoid that kafkian labyrinth of Dutch civil servants that do not know their own laws.
    Your comment might make us think you might be a migrant in NL but you don't like "other type" of migrants? But that is drifting away from the subject.
    Back to the article. It is true that it is already very difficult to be with a loved one with the "wrong" nationality in NL. I do not understand when ppl say it is so easy to get a verblijfsvergunning here by marrying a Dutch. Obviously, these people have never even bothered to look at the requirements from the IND.
  • gobola posted:

    on 9th February 2011, 11:53:01 - Reply

    If they wanted to move to their country of origin they wouldn't be "migrants." These are people who are legal residents or citizens of the Netherlands, so the Netherlands is their own country. To acquire citizenship, many times one must renounce his former citizenship, so often times there is country to go back to.
    So, no, your argument is not logical.
  • adam posted:

    on 2nd February 2011, 15:22:02 - Reply

    If migrants want to be reunited with their loved ones, they might consider moving back to their own countries.
    Seems like a logical solution to me...