Some of the laws around migration are set to change following an EU ruling.
The rule that a Dutch partner must be earning at least 120% of the average salary has been successfully challenged in the Court of Justice of the European Union. The challenge was made by the Chakrouns, she had been denied entrance to the Netherlands because his income (he was on unemployment benefit at the time) was below the 120% threshold. But the Court of Justice found that the income requirement conflicts with the European right to family reunifications as laid down in European Council Directive 2003/86/EC.
The directive emphasises the right of EU citizens to to family reunification, and the Courts decision points to the the failure of the Dutch policy to follow that directive.
It also indicates that some other aspects of Dutch policy need to be reviewed such as the minimum age requirement for the migrating foreign partner (currently 21) and the language test that prospective immigrants must take before coming to the Netherlands. The language requirement has led to considerable hardship as Dutch is not widely taught as a second language.
According to the NRC article research indicates that the policies haven’t encouraged assimilation and integration as hoped.
As my mother would say “A blind man on a galloping horse could have seen that”.
The policies have had a dramatic impact on immigration for marriage, rates were cut in half; which was I suspect the real goal of the policies.
I’m glad the law has been challenged, and I hope this is the first step on the road to a revised, fair, sensible immigration policy.