Netherlands is no. 4 on integration index

16th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 October 2007, AMSTERDAM- The Netherlands is among the EU countries that are making a genuine effort to stimulate the integration of immigrants. The Netherlands ranks fourth after Sweden, Portugal and Belgium.

16 October 2007

AMSTERDAM- The Netherlands is among the EU countries that are making a genuine effort to stimulate the integration of immigrants. The Netherlands ranks fourth after Sweden, Portugal and Belgium.

This conclusion is contained in a report drawn up under supervision of the British Council and the Migration Policy Group in Brussels. Sweden is at the top of the Migration Integration Policy Index that ranks the government efforts to integrate foreigners. The study examined different policy areas such as access to the labour market, rules for family reunification and the possibility to obtain citizenship.

The Netherlands scored particularly well with respect to its anti-discrimination policy and integration measures for employees from abroad. The downside is that migrants, even after having worked in this country for years are still faced with all kinds of restrictive measures. On this issue the Netherlands scored very low on the index of 25 EU countries and comparable countries like Canada, Norway and Finland. Family reunification is not easy either in the Netherlands.

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Subject: Dutch news

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