Minister wants to end Dutch Turks’ conscription

18th December 2008, Comments 1 comment

The new integration minister Eberhard van der Laan wants to end calling up Dutch Turks for military service as he believes it hinders integration.

THE HAGUE – Integration Minister Eberhard van der Laan wants the Turkish government to end the practice of calling up Dutch Turks for military service.

Unlike his predecessor Ella Vogelaar, the newly appointed minister agrees with the Lower House that military service in another country inhibits integration. The Lower House also believes the practice is an invasion of Dutch Turks who hold both Dutch and Turkish passports.

Turkish citizens who have worked outside Turkey for at least three consecutive years can avoid the 18-month conscription by paying the state EUR 5,500 and spending three weeks in military service.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • tony posted:

    on 19th December 2008, 14:28:51 - Reply

    this does not make any logical sense, creates, resentment, and gives preferential treatment to immigrants, to be treated the same as all citizens, in all areas.