Dutch more positive towards immigrants: survey

27th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

About 44 percent polled said the presence of several cultures is an asset to the country.

THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch people are becoming more positive towards immigrants, reveals a survey by the Social Cultural Planning Office.

The survey reports that 35 percent of people in the Netherlands think the country would be a better place if there were fewer immigrants, down from 41 percent in 2008.

An increasingly number of people – 44 percent up from 36 percent in 2008 – polled said the presence of several cultures is an asset to the country.

In recent months, the planning office's researchers noted that Dutch people are reacting more mildly to the issue of immigration. In addition fewer people think things are going the wrong way with immigrants and their integration.

The change in attitude however does not appear to be influenced by the economic downturn.

Dutch people remain as pessimistic about the situation as in 2008, with 65 percent believing the outlook is gloomy despite few being aware of the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis' prediction that the Dutch economy will shrink by 3.5 percent this year.

While people with lower qualifications realise that they are more vulnerable in time of economic malaise, people with higher qualifications remain optimistic.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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