Published On: Thu, Nov 8th, 2012

Proposal for special status Dutch Surinamese well received

AMSTERDAM - Surinamese in the Netherlands are pleased with the initiative of the government coalition to give the Surinamese Diaspora legal status.

“The status of persons of Surinamese Ethnicity, PSA is a breakthrough, a historic moment law, recognition and celebration for Surinamese abroad,” commented Robby Makka, Chairman of the Research Group Netherlands-Suriname.

The Diaspora policy should lead more Surinamese in the Netherlands to decide to come to the country to help with the development. Some important benefits for people whith PSA status requests is that they do not need permission to live and work in Suriname.

Mahin Jankie is happy with the proposal. He emphasized that successive governments had so far failed to take this big step. Jankie is president of the Surinamese Dutch Association and the Association of Travelers. President Roy Ho Sung at the Surinamese Organization welcomes the initiative too.

Lawyer and adviser to the NPS, Owen Venloo indicates that many other countries, such as Turkey, India and Israel, in this way have benefited from their own people, who due to circumstances were not living in the 'home country', but who have strong ties with that country, he says in a comment.

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