Plans to tighten up Dutch citizenship rules

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Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner wants to make it tougher for foreigners to become Dutch citizens. He plans to limit Dutch nationality to people earning the minimum wage or above. Candidates will also have to show they have at least two years’ vocational training or two years’ work experience.

Mr Donner is working on draft legislation to tighten up the rules on eligibility for Dutch nationality. Under his plans, future Dutch citizens will also have to have spent a full five years integrating into Dutch society.

Unmarried foreigners who are living together with a Dutch citizen will not be exempt from the five-year rule. The present period of three years will remain in force for foreigners married to Dutch citizens. This cannot be changed because of European Union treaties.

A Dutch-language test will also be part of the citizenship requirements.

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