Bosman Law in parliament tomorrow

POSTED: 03/5/14 10:26 AM

THE HAGUE – The Second Chamber will debate the Bosman Law tomorrow. The initiative law of VVD-MP André Bosman sets conditions for Caribbean Dutch citizens who want to establish themselves for more than six months in the Netherlands. The must have sufficient education, be able to support themselves, and have a clean police record. The law does not apply to students.

The parliaments of St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao are against the Bosman Law. In the Dutch parliament there is however majority support for legislation that regulates the immigration of underprivileged citizens from the Caribbean islands.

It is not a forgone conclusion that the parliament will approve the law. Among the proponents are quite some MPs who doubt that the law will hold up under legal scrutiny.

The labor party PvdA is key to the outcome of the debate. Coalition partner VVD and the opposition PVV need the support of the PvdA to obtain a majority. Observers assume that the party will give that support, especially because it has pleaded for similar legislation in the past.

The Bosman Law includes a clause that it will become void as soon as all four countries reach an agreement about a Kingdom Law for Passenger travel. Curacao has always blocked such an agreement.

The debate begins tomorrow at 1.30 p.m. local St. Maarten time. It is streamed live on the internet via the parliament’s website (www.tweedekamer.nl – live debatten).

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