The Netherlands favours stricter rules for family migration

The Netherlands favours stricter rules for family migration

The Netherlands wants EU member states to have the scope to impose stricter rules on prospective family migrants.

This is the essence of the Government’s response to the European Commission’s questions about the Netherlands’ experience with the Family Reunification Directive. The Cabinet has approved the response on the recommendation of Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy Gerd Leers.

The Government wants to impose stricter requirements on immigrants before they come to the Netherlands, so that they are better equipped to integrate into Dutch society. This should mean fewer immigrants relying on social benefits and fewer children growing up in deprivation.

Mr Leers has visited several EU member states to gather support for the Dutch standpoint.

The member states must reply to the Commission’s questions by 1 March 2012. Until then, the House of Representatives can continue debating the Netherlands’ response.

source: government.nl

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