Part of the process includes attending a celebration in your honour. When I say part of the process I really mean it. Under current naturalisation rules you’re required to attend or you won’t get your “naturalisation decision” which is needed to apply for a Dutch passport, and you’ll have to start the process again.
The numbers of Dutch citizens with a second nationality in the Netherlands reached 1,047,000 which is more than 6 percent of the population. It sounds like a lot, but the numbers of people taking up naturalisation has dropped according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.
On 1 January 2007 1,047 million people in the Netherlands had at least one other nationality alongside their Dutch nationality. This is two and a half times the number on 1 January 1995. In spite of this, the increase in the number of people with a dual nationality has slowed down it the last four years, especially as a result of fewer naturalisations.
Current growth in total number of Dutch nationals with a second nationality is largely due to those who automatically acquire two nationalities at birth. The number of people getting Dutch nationality by the naturalisation route has dropped. Why? In the mid nineties, up to 1997 you could retain your own nationality when you took out Dutch nationality. Now you can’t. With certain exceptions you must renounce your own citizenship when you take out Dutch citizenship. Unsurprisingly this has put a lot of people off.
The CBS site comments;
However, because of a considerable number of exceptions three-quarters of persons naturalised in the years 1998–2005 were able to retain their original nationality.
This seems backwards to me. I think it’s because three-quarters of them could retain their nationality that the total number was as high as it is. There would be MORE naturalisations if the law were again liberalised (I like the way the CBS statistics start from 1997 – the impact of the policy change is harder to see).
The nationalities that Dutch nationals are likely to hold as a second nationality are Turkish and Moroccan.
I’m sure the anti-Islam political lobby would argue that this proves that the strict policy is working. However the truth is Moroccans cannot renounce their nationality, and Turkey allows nationals who have previously renounced their nationality can reacquire it later.
So the group the policy has most affected is those migrants from western nations, theoretically the migrants most likely to fit in with Dutch society.
It’s all backwards.