Country Report: The Netherlands

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Country Report: The Netherlands

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Dutch citizenship law has been influenced mainly by both concerns about gender discrimination and ideas about immigrant integration. By providing for acquisition of Dutch citizenship by birth through a Dutch father, automatic acquisition through marriage with a Dutch man and loss of Dutch citizenship if a Dutch woman married a foreigner, the first Dutch Nationality Act of 1892 contained several gender discriminatory provisions. These regulations were abolished in 1964. It was, however, not until 1985 that Dutch citizenship regulations provided for acquisition of Dutch citizenship through Dutch mothers. A bill introduced in December 2008, providing for an option right for children born before 1985 of Dutch mothers and non-Dutch fathers is currently pending in parliament. This report aims to study the changes in the Dutch citizenship law through the years in regards to acquisition of Dutch citizenship at birth and from naturalization. 

 

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  • Oers, R. van, Hart, B. de & Groenendijk, C.A. Country Report: The Netherlands. Country report: The Netherlands. (extern rapport). San Domenico di Fiesole: EUDO Citizenship Observatory. Böcker, A.G.M., Havinga, 2009, 45 pages.