High cost of becoming Dutch hits stateless refugees
Just 1,670 people have applied for a Dutch passport under new rules for the stateless, news website Nu.nl reported on Friday, quoting justice ministry figures.
In total over 8,000 refugees are entitled to a Dutch passport since the rules on naturalisation were relaxed to cover people who did not have a valid passport or birth certificate, but who had qualified to stay in the Netherlands under the 2007 amnesty.
In particular, the cost of naturalisation, which can be as high as €945, is a major obstacle said Yosef Tekeste-Yemane, who acts as a spokesman for the group.
But other issues, such as compulsory integration courses, can also be a problem, he said.
The rules were changed in November after a long campaign by MPs and human rights groups.
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