The Netherlands: Information on whether a person must renounce his or her previous citizenship in order to obtain Dutch citizenship
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 April 1997|
|Citation / Document Symbol||NLD26698.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, The Netherlands: Information on whether a person must renounce his or her previous citizenship in order to obtain Dutch citizenship, 1 April 1997, NLD26698.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6acdd28.html [accessed 25 May 2013]|
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In a 22 April 1997 telephone interview, a representative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands stated that, if possible, a person must renounce his or her previous citizenship in order to obtain Dutch citizenship. The source noted that there are exceptions to this rule, as some countries do not recognize that a person can renounce their citizenship (i.e., Peru, Iran, etc.).
Also attached is a certified translation of the most recent version of the Dutch Citizenship Act. Please note that this document replaces copies of this legislation provided in Responses to Information Requests NLD11250 of 14 July 1992 and NLD21904.E of 29 November 1995.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ottawa. 22 April 1997. Telephone interview with representative.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands. Dutch Citizenship Act. 19 December 1984. Translated by Multilingual Services Directorate, Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada.