Women May Be Stranded in Morocco Despite Dutch Residency

19 November 2011

 

The Moroccan Women’s Association Netherlands and the Support Re-emigrants Foundation have reported that around 80 Moroccan Dutch women a year report being stranded in Morocco during a visit from the Netherlands. The women, who previously emigrated to the Netherlands and obtained Dutch residency through marriage, are taken to the country under false pretenses by their husbands and then left behind without passport or residence permit. Often they are accompanied by their children. The reporting organizations suspect that the number of cases is higher than reported; there is currently no law under which the women can appeal to the Moroccan police for assistance, and the Dutch police are unable to intervene in Morocco.