Belgium and Holland band against abuse of immigration rules

Patrick Dewael, Belgian Minister of the Interiour, and Rita Verdonk, Dutch Minister for Immigrants have agreed that both countries should work together to prevent abuse of family reunification laws. Belgium is much more lenient than Holland when it comes to family reunification and the "Belgian Route" is quickly becoming a favorite option by many immigrants who want to get around the tough Dutch laws.

In a meeting, the two ministers agreed that first the facts should be checked to determine exactly what is going on. During the meeting Dewael explained the new Belgian law making fake marriages a punishable offence, as well as various proposals to make Belgian family reunification law more stringent.

Source: De Standaard (Dutch)

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