Over 11 thousand Netherlands citizens with dual nationality were subject to stricter inspections by the Tax Authority than other Dutch people. Their second nationality was an official selection criterion to determine whether they were an increased risk of fraud, the Tax Authority acknowledged after an investigation by RTL Nieuws and Trouw. This is the first time the tax office confirmed that nationality was used as an "indicator" to make a distinction between Dutch citizens, according to RTL Nieuws.
A group of Dutch-Moroccan people is asking the Tweede Kamer for support in their fight against compulsory Moroccan nationality. "After 50 years we want full Dutch citizenship", they said in a manifesto handed to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch data protection authority AP is investigating possible ethnic profiling by the Tax Authority. There are indications that the Tax Authority used information about people's second nationality to determine whose childcare allowance was halted, RTL Nieuws and Trouw report.
Dutch citizens with dual nationality must lose their voting rights and must not be eligible for political positions in the Netherlands, according to PVV leader Geert Wilders. This is in the interests of "the Netherlands' survival", he said in an interview with the Telegraaf.
"The Netherlands is our country. It must be run by Dutch, who are elected by Dutch. By Dutch wo do not even have the appearance of double loyalty", he said to the newspaper.
The voting behavior of Dutch-Turks in the recent Turkish referendum breathed new life into debate on dual-nationality in the Netherlands. Of the Dutch-Turks who voted in the referendum, 71 percent voted pro-Erdogan. This resulted in new calls from Dutch parliament to stop or at least restrict dual passports, AD reports.
The PVV and CDA are most vehement about these calls. Both parties want to get rid of dual nationality.
People with a dual nationality are still welcome to travel to the United States, spokesperson Kevin McAleenan of the U.S. Border Guard said at a press conference. On Tuesday a number of Dutch-Iranians launched a petition against Donald Trump's decree to close the American borders for people from seven Muslim countries, which at the time seemed to include them.
The D66 and PvdA wants to make it possible for everyone to have a dual nationality in a legislative proposal the two parties submitted on Friday, RTL Nieuws reports.
Currently, if you want to become Dutch you have to give up your other nationality, if that is possible. It also means that Dutch living abroad lose their Dutch nationality if they adopt the nationality of the country they live in.
On January 1st last year there were 1.3 million Dutch citizens with a dual nationality, an increase of 3 percent compared to 2013. A quarter of them are Dutch-Moroccan, a quarter are Dutch-Turkish and the other half have other nationalities.
Chalid, member of a gang that police in The Hague busted three months ago, is hiding out in Morocco. "Cops on war path."
Citizens, who hold both the Dutch and Turkish nationality, will have to fulfill their obligatory military services in Turkey, wrote minister Hennis-Plaschaert of Defense in a letter to Parliament.