Dutch language skills a welfare requirement
The ability to speak the Dutch language should be a prerequisite for receiving welfare. Those who do not speak Dutch must take complete a course immediately or their benefits will be reduced or halted.
The move is part of a package of measures presented Thursday by Minister of Social Affairs Henk Kamp to tighten rules for migrant workers from other European Union member states.
The language condition for aid will apply to “everyone,” said the minister, including new migrants and those who already reside in the Netherlands.
That knowledge of the Dutch language should be a welfare requirement has been a long-held position of the liberal conservative VVD.
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