Tougher Dutch integration rules
The government says that immigrants to the Netherlands who are required to pass integration tests will in future have to do this within three years of their arrival or lose their residency rights.
Asylum seekers who fail to get through the tests within the period will be allowed to remain but will face fines.
The move is based on the government programme which was agreed during the formation of the rightwing coalition. The document states that migrants and asylum seekers have to take responsibility for their own integration and pay the costs of the process themselves. If they cannot afford this, they will be able to borrow the money.
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