Dutch news in brief, 8 February 2005

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Employers want white Christians

Employers want white Christians

Employers prefer white, Christian workers, Utrecht academic Frank van Tubergen has claimed. In his doctoral degree paper, Van Tubergen also said this preference was one of the reasons why unemployment among immigrants is much higher than native residents. Education is the main influencing factor why immigrant joblessness is five times higher in the Netherlands than among native Dutch. But Van Tubergen — who investigated disadvantages faced by immigrants in 18 western nations — said the low education level of immigrants could not explain all the differences, newspaper Trouw reported.

Dutch Muslims 'fighting in Iraq'

The Dutch security service AIVD is keeping tabs on Islamic extremists who travel from the Netherlands to Iraq to allegedly fight against US troops. An AIVD spokesman said several men have recently travelled to Iraq, but the security service has no evidence any had since returned. Once they return to the Netherlands, the AIVD will place them under surveillance, because of fears they will continue terrorist activities here, news agency ANP reported.

Strangled fare dodger passes out

A ticket inspector in Almere has been arrested after throttling a bus passenger who had travelled without a ticket. The 19-year-old victim tried to escape without paying a fine, but the ticket inspector allegedly grabbed the fare dodger by the throat until the victim lost consciousness, RTL News reported. The 53-year-old inspector, from Mijdrecht, was a member of a team inspecting the tickets of passengers leaving buses at a stop in Almere.

16 Dutch tsunami victims identified

The bodies of two more Dutch nationals who died in the Indian Ocean tsunami were identified on Monday and Tuesday, bringing the total to 16. One of the deceased was named as 63-year-old Rotterdam man Andre van Doorne, whose son Stefan had gone looking for him in Thailand amid reports he had survived the disaster, but had suffered memory loss. The victim identified on Tuesday was Dirk Jan Vermeij, who died in Thailand. There are still about 25 Dutch nationals listed as missing, presumed dead. About five people who were possibly in the area hit by the 26 December tsunami are listed as difficult to trace.

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