Dutch minister wants immigrants to integrate better
Integration Minister Eberhard van der Laan says immigrants should have the desire to contribute to the country as there is a limit to how much the Dutch society can support.The Hague – Dutch Integration Minister Eberhard van der Laan has launched a fresh demand to increase the demands made on immigrants in a letter addressed to the lower house in The Hague.
In his letter, the minister said immigrants should have the desire to participate in society and speak the language. They are also morally obliged to adapt as they have opted to stay in the Netherlands.
This includes participating in integration courses, which immigrants should see as a welcome gift from the Dutch society.
Van der Laan told parliament he would like to say to immigrants: "If you're coming over here, it's up to you to make your future into a success."
The integration minister said there is also a limit of immigrants that the Dutch society can support.
“I've seen schools where 98 percent of the pupils are of immigrant origin. Teachers there are looking exhausted. We have to support those teachers, family doctors and policemen, because they won't sustain this forever."
Throughout his letter, Van der Laan avoided the commonly used terminology of "native" and "non-native" citizens. Instead, he referred the non-native Dutch as "new Netherlanders".
According to the minister, the common used terminology emphasises someone's origins, while "new Netherlanders" better expresses that people belong here.
Recent figures quoted by the minister show that immigrant integration in society is slowly improving. Over the past 10 years, the number of people of employed immigrant has increased by 10 percent while the number of non-native or "new-Dutch" entrepreneurs has risen by 40 percent.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica