Immigration rulings go to appeal

The justice ministry is to appeal against court rulings which overturn two laws introduced to make it harder for people to bring wives and husbands into the Netherlands from non-western countries, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.

Earlier judges in Amsterdam ruled that the government is wrong to force wives and husbands to take a language and citizenship test in their country of origin. If the appeal fails, justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin will change the law to make sure the tests are carried out abroad.
He has the backing of most MPs, the Telegraaf says.
The minister will also appeal against income requirements imposed on people wanting to bring in a wife of husband. Judges in Roermond said this broke EU legislation.

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