Tightening sliding scale
Estimated results of recent and proposed tightening (full text only available in Dutch)
- Berdowski, Z., Vennekens, A.
- Panteia, WODC
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In order to determine whether a final judgment has implications on lawful residence in the Netherlands the principle of the "sliding scale" is used, as is stated in Article 3.86 of the Decree on Aliens 2000 (Vreemdelingenbesluit 2000). According to the principle of the sliding scale (SS) there is a correlation between the length of the sentence imposed and the duration of lawful residence in the Netherlands. The longer an alien lawfully resides in the Netherlands, the more severe the punishment should be in order to be able to terminate lawful residency.
The sliding scale was evaluated in 2009 and tightened in 2010 and 2012. Tightening relates to the duration of lawful residence and the gravity of the punishment, these elements being the two cornerstones of the sliding scale. In this study the results of the SS 2013 proposal for further tightening of the sliding scales are also estimated.