Newcomers' party hopes to unite society

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22 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands must further develop itself as a multicultural society and expend less energy on getting newcomers to alter their values, according to the founders of a new party for non-native Dutch residents.

22 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands must further develop itself as a multicultural society and expend less energy on getting newcomers to alter their values, according to the founders of a new party for non-native Dutch residents.

Different groups within the population should learn from each other, the PAN party said during the presentation in The Hague on Wednesday.

PAN stands for Partij voor Allochtone Nederlanders (PAN), which translates as Party for newcomer Netherlanders.

Allochtone can also refer to immigrants or foreigners and is frequently used to describe any resident who is not considered to be 100 percent Dutch. Second-generation Moroccans who were born here and who have Dutch passports are "allochtonen", as far as Dutch politicians are concerned

Although the party has chosen to put to include the word in its title, PAN said it does not want to be an 'allochtonen' party.

Co-founder Hans Hoogerdijk said allochtonen should propagate their values and qualities with pride. The autochtoon (native Dutch) population wants to learn about what newcomers have to offer, he said.

Hoogerdijk, a management trainer, said the Netherlands is currently expending too much energy to get newcomers to adapt to Dutch society and to abandon their values. "While allochtonen with their dual cultural background and their specific qualities have something to offer," he said.

PAN's leadership consists of Hoogerdijk, fellow trainers and some independent entrepreneurs. The party hopes to win 20 of the 150 seats in parliament in the general election in 2007.  

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