Published On: Wed, Jan 13th, 2016

Dutch should not be required for naturalization

Governor's mansionWILLEMSTAD - The requirements for naturalization should be changed. This is according to the parliamentary delegations of the three islands Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten during the tripartite conference last week in Phillipsburg.

The parliaments want a change in the mandatory knowledge of the Dutch language. Papiamento or English should be sufficient.

In the resolution adopted by the delegations of the three islands, the MPs indicated that they agree with the proposal to extend the acquisition period of gaining the Dutch citizenship from five years to seven years. This proposal to amend the Statute Law has already been submitted. The extension of the term in which candidates should live in one of the countries in the Kingdom, is considered necessary to make sure that the candidate has a binding with the society.

For Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten it is important to eliminate the so called dual language test. This test entails that in addition to the English or Papiamento, candidates must also be able to speak Dutch. This test is only taken in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. This is at odds with the principle of equality, according to the MPs.

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