Published On: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014

Council of State remains critical of Bosman initiative

BosmanTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Council of State continues to have a negative opinion about the Bosman law, which is a bill initiative of the VVD MP André Bosman, to impose requirements for the establishment of people from the Dutch Caribbean in the Netherlands. This is according to a second opinion of the Council on the proposal to the Dutch parliament.

'Too broad'

The Council maintains that the MP cannot just set requirements for those from Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten who want to settle in the Netherlands. That's too broad and undifferentiated. The Council also thinks that these requirements are not effective to achieve the intended purpose of the law: reducing the advent of underprivileged Antilleans to the Netherlands.


Question marks are still there on the idea that there is a distinction in the proposal between the Dutch on the basis of their birthplace. The Council also considered that it is important to analyze in each country how big the problem really is. How many people from every country in the Netherlands is involved in crime and how many use welfare benefits.

Criminal records

Bosman also wanted to know whether it is possible to apply the law only to people with criminal records or without a basic qualification. But the Council of State does not see how this can work well in practice.

Not desirable

The only way to judge a criminal record or basic qualification is to ask all Arubans, Curaçaoans and people from Sint Maarten who want to live in the Netherlands for this information and to judge them according to these documents. The Council does not think this to be desirable.


The Council has answered questions about the initiative bill at the request of the petitioner Bosman. He asks the question again because last March the other political parties in parliament were critical of the bill.

A report from the Caribbean Network

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