D66 wants to limit social welfare for immigrants

5th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

5 April 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Immigrants should only be allowed phased access to social security after they have lived in the Netherlands for seven years and have built up an adequate employment history, government coalition party Democrat D66 has proposed.

5 April 2004

AMSTERDAM — Immigrants should only be allowed phased access to social security after they have lived in the Netherlands for seven years and have built up an adequate employment history, government coalition party Democrat D66 has proposed.

As Dutch political parties unveil their immigration policies in the volatile lead-up to a Parliament debate with Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, the D66 said on Monday rigorous measures were necessary to help working migrants.

The party also said successful integration is two-sided. On one side, the immigrant must strive to obtain a place in Dutch society and the D66 will thus demand that newcomers sign a document declaring that he or she will accept Dutch laws. Those who don't will be refused entry to the Netherlands.

On the other side, the Netherlands must become more active in helping immigrants integrate into society, D66 said. For example, it said employers and voluntary organisations must be more active in employing or recruiting migrant workers.

According to the D66, the Netherlands should also beef up the Dutch embassy in Morocco so that Moroccan girls can seek help when mistreated. Moroccan men living in the Netherlands often marry a woman from their country of origin.

The party demanded a crackdown on crimes of honour, in which Islamic women are killed, hurt or threatened by male members of their family for breaking traditional customs and thereby bringing perceived disrespect on the family.

D66 said anyone found guilty of a crime of honour or stalking should be deprived of a residence permit or Dutch nationality, news agency ANP reported.

Furthermore, the D66 said police regions should have someone appointed to specifically co-ordinate efforts against crimes of honour. It said present efforts are too often based on Dutch methods such as negotiation and that this does not succeed.

D66 leader Boris Dittrich said a new form of political correctness was developing in the public debate about integration. He said there appeared to be an atmosphere of "agitation and confrontation" and that this was preventing definite solutions coming to the fore. He urged fellow politicians to show greater respect.

Integration and immigration is the hot topic in the Netherlands at present and Liberal VVD Minister Verdonk will soon present Parliament with a string of legislative proposals designed to stimulate integration or restrict immigration.

Government parties, the Christian Democrat CDA and VVD, plus main opposition party Labour PvdA and the populist LPF, have either recently released or are currently revising immigration policies in the lead-up to the debate.

Most parties are calling for restrictions on family unification migration or the entry of migrants from low socio-economic groups. But the PvdA and a CDA workgroup have also backed the entry of more skilled expat workers.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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