Rotterdam to impose fines on immigrants playing truant
Rotterdam intends to impose a fine of at least 100 euros on immigrants who fail to show up for their integration classes without a valid excuse more than four times. The fine will be imposed both on voluntary students and on those for whom attendance is compulsory.
The mayor and aldermen issued a statement on Wednesday emphasising the importance of integration to newcomers. Alderman Korrie Louwes, who holds the portfolio for the labour market, higher education, innovation and participation, said: "That is why immigrants receive a participation bonus from the council in compensation for their course fees. So it is only logical we should impose sanctions when participants play truant." The Rotterdam council will discuss the plan in January.
Integration courses have been compulsory for immigrants since January 2007. Local councils are responsible for implementing the pertinent legislation which allows them to impose fines for non-attendance.
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