Dutch admission requirements harmful to Sint Maarten
The St. Maarten Minister of Justice, Dennis Richardson, says the Dutch approach to discourage migrants is harmful to the development of his island.Sint Maarten has to deal with Dutch legislation that does not apply to the island, states Richardson to de Volkskrant.
The required Dutch language test, which is part of the integration test, poses a considerable obstacle, because almost no one speaks Dutch on the island. On St. Maarten, English is the official language.
Migrants are the engine of the economy to St. Maarten and should therefore more easily get a Dutch passport. It's too ridiculous for words Bulgarians, Danes or Poles can freely travel in and out of The Netherlands, but St. Maarten is obliged to ward people from their region, according to the minister to the newspaper.