Dutch MPs want to keep citizenship test

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Parties say the law should be changed to ensure that the citizenship test abroad can remain in force.

18 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - A broad majority of the Dutch parliament want the citizenship test to remain in force abroad. If need be, say the Christian Democrats, the Labour Party, the conservative VVD and the Party for Freedom, the law should be changed to ensure that it does.

The parties were reacting to a decision by a court in Amsterdam earlier this week which ruled that migrants wanting to join their partners or families in the Netherlands should not first have to pass a citizenship test in their home country.

The test, which examines knowledge of the Dutch language and its culture, has been compulsory since 2005.

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service is considering whether to appeal against the court's decision.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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