However, since 2012 people who want to take Dutch nationality have to hand over a birth certificate and ID from their country of origin to do so, and many refugees don’t have such documents.
‘The government is creating two-tier citizenship,’ Vluchtelingenwerk spokeswoman Dorine Manson told television programme Nieuwsuur. She says the government knew at the time many asylum seekers would not have appropriate documents.
The organisation says people are now worried they could be sent back after all should the law change again.
Immigration minister Fred Teeven says he sees no reason to treat refugees differently to other immigrants.
‘Foreigners who want to become Dutch have to show they are who they say they are. This is important in stopping identity fraud,’ a spokesman for the minister told the programme.