Lawsuit over integration costs

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A foundation claiming to act on behalf of tens of thousands of Turkish citizens who wanted to immigrate to the Netherlands says it will sue the Dutch state for more than 100 million euros’ worth of damages.

In the past few years tens of thousands of Turks took part in integration courses that formed a precondition to obtaining a Dutch residence permit. A few weeks ago Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner scrapped the course because it constituted a violation of the association treaty between Turkey and the European Union.

The Foundation Integration Misery says many of the potential immigrants spend thousands of euros on travelling expenses and exam fees. In some cases, marriages had to be cancelled when a candidate failed to pass the exam.

More than 1,000 people have registered with the Foundation so far. It aims to register at least 30,000 victims. The individual claims vary between 1,500 and 5,000 euros, depending on travel and study expenses made.

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  • Chan posted:

    on 11th October 2011, 19:14:03 - Reply

    Is the course only scrapped for the Turks or for every potential immigrants. I always thought that it was a dragonian law for 21st century, and the fees charged for the exam is daylight robbery