Young Dutch Turks cause for concern
The position of Turkish-Dutch youth in Holland is “extremely worrying”, according to a letter written by ten Turkish professionals to the left-of-centre newspaper de Volkskrant.
The bleak social climate and a lack of leadership in the community is said to be causing the young people to become apathetic and increasingly alienated from Dutch society. This in turn leads to their being drawn more easily into crime and Islamic radicalism.
The Turkish professionals call on the government, the business world, the educational establishment and Turkish-Dutch organisations to pay more attention to the problem of the community’s young people. “They have to be made to feel that their future belongs in the Netherlands,” they argue.
The Turkish-Dutch community is the country’s largest ethnic minority.
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