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Ministers agree new rules to reduce forced marriages

Friday 23 March 2012

Ministers on Friday agreed to tighten up the laws on marriage in the hope of reducing forced marriages, particularly those involving minors.

Ministers have agreed to stop the under-18s getting married in the Netherlands. In addition, officials will only recognise marriages involving minors which were carried out abroad if both partners are 18 when they apply to have their wedding approved in the Netherlands.

Marriages between cousins will also be made more difficult and both parties will have to prove no compulsion is involved before getting official approval, the plans drawn up by the justice ministry say. Marriage between cousins is said to be common in migrant families and may often involve force, officials say.

Ministers also want to limit the acceptance of polygamous marriages carried out abroad by only granting one partner residency permit per household. Polygamy - allowing men to have more than one wife - is already banned in the Netherlands.

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Readers' Comments

Good luck trying to enforce this policy when the Netherlands has opened their borders to so many different people where this is common in their culture.

By Henk | 23 March 2012 3:01 PM

Informed adults must enter a country with their eyes and ears open to the traditions and laws of that country. If the Netherlands does not stand up for its own culture, the only "dutch" left will be in a wax museum or a Disney theme park.

By Janka | 23 March 2012 8:01 PM

The problem with this kind of news is it provides no perspective or context. Without those some will read these types of speculative news as being generally correct. Few numbers would have helped. For example, percentage of marriages in each category that under 18s and polygamy apply. If it is high then we should all be alarmed. If it is low than these are isolated cases; nevertheless it should be against the law in either case.

By Bertan | 23 March 2012 8:18 PM

Well, took them long enough but like Henk said, it remains to be seen if it's of any use at all.

By Mandela | 24 March 2012 6:56 AM

Yes the new rules are probably illegal under European law...

By Sharon | 24 March 2012 10:03 AM

Henk, Highly educated people in these cultures know the risk of marrying their cousins and the drawbacks of early marriage. These people need to be educated and I support what the Dutch government is doing here. Marriage between cousins too often results in offspring with tons of health problems. A case study would be Pakistani marriages in the UK.

By Oliver Johnny | 24 March 2012 7:57 PM

"So many different people??" How many Henk? Statistics?

Yes, it's a problem to be solved, but please don't let your imagination go wild that we immigrants are swarms of polygamous baby making machines refusing to work or learn Dutch. You'd be surprised at who we were if you actually bothered to get to know any.

By CW | 25 March 2012 5:13 PM

Oliver Johnny & CW: Has nothing to do with being highly educated when such marriages have been acceptable within certain culture for centuries. I'm sure they are fully aware of the health risks too - that's just common knowledge among many Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, even Turkey and India. If you haven't noticed some highly educated people even in the NL have made their fair share of unintelligent decisions.

By Henk | 26 March 2012 1:46 AM

"officials will only recognise marriages involving minors which were carried out abroad if both partners are 18 when they apply to have their wedding approved in the Netherlands"

in Scotland you can get married at 16 without paretal consent. As Scotland is in the UK and therefore the EU, it will be interesting to see if they can make this apply to those couples as well. Or does "abroad" once again only mean non-western countries....

By JP | 26 March 2012 1:58 PM

Maybe it looks like good law (and it may even be good) but what I miss is what the main reason for this new law is. The new dutch goverment is a minority one and rules with the support of islamhater Geert Wilders and one of his demands is to reduce immigration. That is the main reason this law is introduced.

By wim | 27 March 2012 9:32 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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