About Eelco Keij (Twitter: @EelcoKeij)
Welcome to this site – destined to provide the 700.000 – 1.2 million Dutch people worldwide with information that is relevant to them, e.g. on dual nationality, voting from abroad and Dutch education abroad.
Background: debate on dual nationality
In October of 2011 I decided to organize a debate in New York regarding upcoming changes in the Dutch law with respect to dual nationality for Dutch citizens. With help of representatives of Dutch political parties in New York (PvdA, D66 and VVD) this debate soon led to an online petition that received an overwhelming response from Dutch people worldwide – not to mention the press, for example the Economist and Huffington Post. In June it became clear that the petition proved successful: we had been able to thwart further deterioration of the rights of Dutch people abroad.
Running for parliament
When the Dutch cabinet fell in May 2012, I decided to run for Dutch parliament (D66), and I made it to the ‘core’ list – spot 25. My main focus areas were and remain the possibility of dual nationality for “international Dutch people” and the possibility for them to vote online and at the same time as their fellow citizens in the Netherlands. While I did not get elected the issues that Dutch people abroad are struggling with became wider known (and I thank all 1620 preferential voters!).
Political Manifesto: Fortunate Connections / Kapitale Connecties
In 2014 I presented my Political Manifesto Fortunate Connections which talks about why and how the Dutch residing outside of the Netherlands are of (economic) added value to the Netherlands itself and how Dutch political parties could benefit by including this group in a new political way. You can purchase / download the manifesto here (paperback or e-book).
Interest organization for the Dutch abroad
After 10 years New York my family and I moved to the Netherlands in 2015. It is my goal to set up an interest organization for the Dutch abroad, loosely based on the existing Swiss model.
Through this website I will keep you informed about the above-mentioned issues and their progress in parliament as well as other (sometimes unrelated) topics that are worthwhile to mention.
Questions, remarks, more issues? Please let me know.