Published On: Wed, Jun 12th, 2013

Council of State against stricter entry requirements for Dutch Caribbean migrants

Council of StatesWILLEMSTAD – According to the Council of State, tough restrictions cannot be imposed on migrants from Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten. It is only possible if there are substantial reasons. This is an advice from the Council of State on the bill initiative of the member of Parliament Andre Bosman (VVD). According to the Council, there is insufficient explanation of the bill proposal.

According to Bosman, there should be some requirements for these migrants to live in the Netherlands; a job in the Netherlands; enough money for self support; education; immediate families already living in the Netherlands. Also they should not be a danger to the community.

The Council of State recognizes that many relatively disadvantaged Dutch Caribbean migrants come to the Netherlands and that they can cause problems. But according to the Council, the legal grounds for restrictions is very limited. The Council further notes that the bill is stricter on Dutch Caribbean migrants compared to citizens of other European countries.

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