Dual nationality again under threat

Children with double passports who have lived in the Netherlands for five years will have to select one nationality when they reach 18 if a proposal by justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin is accepted.

The proposal will be put to the cabinet on Friday, RTL news reported on Thursday evening.
According to the RTL report, the number of people with two passports in the Netherlands has risen from 400,000 in 1995 to over one million today. Almost half of those with dual nationality are Turks and Moroccans.
The minister also wants to be allowed to withdraw Dutch nationality from terrorists such as Samir Azzouzz who is currently serving a prison sentence for the murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh, said RTL.
Hirsch Ballin’s proposal goes against a recent report by the scientific council for government policy which concluded that dual nationality does not pose a problem. ‘In a world that is increasingly global, having two passports is increasingly a fact of life’, it concluded.
The proposal by the Christian Democrat minister comes less than six months after a political row over dual nationality following a call by the anti-immigrant PVV party to make junior social affairs minister Ahmed Aboutaleb give up his Moroccan passport and junior justice minister Nebahat Albayrak surrender her Turkish passport.
The call by PVV leader Geert Wilders was widely criticised both inside and outside parliament.

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