Published On: Wed, Nov 27th, 2013

Proposal VVD: different passport for Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten

Dutch passportWILLEMSTAD - Residents of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten should receive a modified Dutch passport. On the outside of the passport it must be clear, for example, by the color of the cover, from which country within the Kingdom the holder of the passport comes.

VVD MP André Bosman will present this proposal to the Dutch Lower House on Wednesday.

What he wants to achieve with this is that it can be immediately clear that someone is from Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten, which are independent countries within the Dutch Kingdom.

This proposal fits in line with the new law that seeks to ban underprivileged from the former Netherlands Antilles. That law sets strict conditions for establishment of citizens of the three other countries within the Kingdom in the Netherlands.

Own recognizable identity

Curacao for example, could get a dark blue cover, instead of dark red. Aruba could get a light blue passport, just like the flag of the country. The color of their passport must be recognizable, says Bosman.

“Since these three countries want to retain the Dutch passport, it is the reason for a debate on their own identity which the Caribbean countries of the Kingdom are now claiming,” says Bosman. The other passport that he proposes gives the same rights as a 'normal' Dutch passport.

Source: ANP


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