Antillean immigration causes coalition tension
The Bosman Act, to be discussed tonight in parliament, has the parties riled up. André Bosman, VVD MP, wants to drastically restrict Antilleans from moving to the Netherlands, by enforcing certain requirements. The PvdA agrees with the need for regulations, but condemns the Act in its current form.
Without a valid residence permit Antilleans will be excluded from government assistance, such as social security or social housing.
The Act is being increasingly criticized, not only by the PvdA who wants the Act to be more specific rather than target a group in general, but also by the Meijers Committee who thinks the Act discriminates on race, and the Human Rights Committee who finds the Act stigmatizing and prejudice.
Bosman refers to the government agreement in which such measures were already announced. Aruba has been an independent state within the Kingdom since 1986, Curaçao and St. Martin followed in its footsteps in 2010. All three countries enforce certain requirements on European Dutch that want to move there. His Act needs to seen in that same light.
The PvdA will not support the Bosman Act in its current form.