The Writing On The Wall

Further to my entry about the fact that the Dutch Government is thinking of banning the concept of dual nationality here in The Netherlands, I see that the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics is reporting that a majority of the Dutch are in favour of this change.

According to their survey, a large majority are in favour of banning dual nationality. Unsurprisingly, members of Wilder’s PVV party are 90% in favour of banning Cabinet Ministers from holding dual nationality.

It’s funny, when I first moved to The Netherlands in 1983, the Dutch had a reputation for tolerance, but now, in 2011, it seems to me that it’s no longer so self-evident. I would not be surprised if I will formally have to renounce my British citizenship in a few years time. Frankly, I think it reflects badly on the Dutch – a raising of the barriers to draw a line between “us” and “them”.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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  1. Pingback: Raising the Drawbridge | Geoff Coupe's Blog

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