PvdA demands fundamental changes: Bosman Law under heavy criticism

POSTED: 03/13/14 1:47 PM

THE HAGUE – The debate about the Bosman Law in the Dutch parliament made clear yesterday that the legislation in its current form would not win majority support. Coalition partner PvdA says that the plans to keep underprivileged Dutch passport holders from St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba out, are not proper. Diederik Samsom’s party does agree however that it is not good for anybody if this group of people moves to the Netherlands. But measures to prevent their arrival must be correct.

Bosman will have to make fundamental adjustments to his initiative law before he will get the support from the PvdA. Without this support, the proposal will die in the Second Chamber.

Bosman’s initiative holds that citizens from St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba who want to stay longer than six months in the Netherlands must have a job, sufficient income, be admitted to a school in the Netherlands or have family there.

“The law treats people differently based on their origin and that cannot be,” said PvdA-parliamentarian Roelof van Laar. He says that the criterion must be either schooling or criminal record.

Van Laar says that Bosman opts to frustrate all citizens from the three countries in their wish to establish themselves in the Netherlands. Van Laar reasons that the proposal goes much further that the objective of the law. That objective is to prevent that underprivileged and criminal Antilleans come to the Netherlands where they will see their situation further deteriorate.

Alexander Pechtold’s D66 has labeled the Bosman Law as something fit for the wastepaper basket, and GreenLeft fears that the legislation will create a “shameful unique thing.” The Christian Union has many objections and the Socialist Party is highly critical. The Christian Democratic appeal (CDA) also wants adjustments, but the party maintains that it is about time to do something. Not surprisingly, the Freedom Party PVV led by Geert Wilders is positive and says that the policy could be even stricter.

According to Bosman, the islands also have requirements for Dutch citizens who want to establish themselves in the Caribbean. Bosman also maintains that the requirements for the islanders established in his initiative-law are the same as those for citizens from other member states of the European Union who want to settle down in the Netherlands. That is not unfair, Bosman says, because St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao are separate countries within the Kingdom.

Bosman will respond to the reactions from his colleagues at a later date.


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