Geert Wilders: deport 'lazy' immigrants
Dutch Labour leader Job Cohen and anti-Islam Freedom Party PVV leader Geert Wilders clashed today in parliament during a debate on integration legislation for new immigrants.
Mr Wilders claimed Mr Cohen's Labour Party does nothing to tackle immigrants who show a "half-hearted attitude" towards the mandatory integration course. Mr Cohen said deportation of immigrants who don't fully participate in the course should be a last resort and that the current system of fining those who fail to attend the courses should be given a chance first.
Mr Wilders then took a hard line with the Labour leader. "If you don't want to integrate, turn to Mr Cohen. He'll say: 'Just pay a small fine, then go back to your lazy bed.' The Freedom Party and the cabinet want to implement the ultimate sanction, one that's only reasonable. If you want to go back to sleep instead of attending your integration course, then you'll not merely have to get out of bed, you'll have to get out of the country," the PVV leader said.
Mr Cohen accused Mr Wilders of wanting to see immigrants fail when it comes to integration. The PVV chief challenged Mr Cohen to produce evidence to substantiate his claim. The Labour leader then referred to statements Mr Wilders had made on Danish TV, when he had called for millions of Muslims who had committed a criminal offence to be deported from Europe.
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