Most Dutch object to dual citizenship

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More than 60 percent of the Dutch public think immigrants should give up their foreign passport if they acquire Dutch citizenship, according to Statistics Netherlands.

As many as 70 percent think cabinet ministers shouldn’t be allowed to hold dual citizenship.

Non-Western immigrants have fewer objections. Sixty percent believe that dual citizenship should be permitted, and 50 percent think there is no problem with cabinet ministers holding more than one passport.

Although dual citizenship is restricted in the Netherlands, 1.1 million people out of a population of over 16.5 million are entitled to hold more than one passport. In principle immigrants naturalising in the Netherlands are required to give up their original citizenship. However, there are exceptions, for example for those who acquire Dutch citizenship through marriage, or whose native county doesn’t permit them to renounce their citizenship.


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