Integration exam to get tougher

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 May 2007, THE HAGUE – Foreigners hoping to settle in the Netherlands are going to have a tougher time of it. Integration Minister Ella Vogelaar has decided to make the language test prospective immigrants take at the Dutch embassy in their home country more difficult. She says the current exam is too easy.

29 May 2007

THE HAGUE – Foreigners hoping to settle in the Netherlands are going to have a tougher time of it. Integration Minister Ella Vogelaar has decided to make the language test prospective immigrants take at the Dutch embassy in their home country more difficult. She says the current exam is too easy.

The programme is aimed at ensuring that non-western immigrants planning to immigrate to the Netherlands have some knowledge of Dutch before arriving here. "That is not the case now," Vogelaar said on Tuesday. "We are falling a bit short of the mark."

In the first year that the Netherlands introduced the integration exam at its embassies abroad some 90 percent of the 4,434 participants passed.

The exam includes a test on knowledge of Dutch society and a language test. 6 percent of the candidates failed this language test in the first year it was being administered. About 25 percent would have failed if the new tougher test were in place.

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