Maybe there is some silent diplomacy going on behind the scenes; we don’t know that. But to the public eye it seems right now that St. Maarteners who fled to the Netherlands after Hurricane Irma and who are encountering difficulties registering in municipalities like Haarlem are left out in the cold by the government of St. Maarten.
It is bad enough that Haarlem stubbornly denies Irma-refugees their most basic rights as Dutch citizens. The national ombudsman, Reinier van Zutphen, has in the meantime intervened with questions to Home Affairs Minister Kasja Ollongren. But the refugees have so far, and as far as we know, not received any form of support from the government in St. Maarten.