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Minister to study Canadian immigration system

29 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — Dutch immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk is to visit Canada next week.

Canada serves as an example for the Netherlands in terms of immigration policy, the Dutch Justice Ministry said on Monday.

Verdonk, who is tipped to become the political leader of the Liberal Party (VVD) on Wednesday, will hold talks with Canadian officials about attracting knowledge immigrants and encouraging newcomers to integrate. They will also discuss border controls and techniques to prevent radicalisation.

She will meet with Monte Solberg, Citizenship and Immigration, and Stockwell Day, Public Safety in Ottawa.

Verdonk will also have a meeting with Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle and visit a high school in a migrant neighbourhood.

The visit will end with Verdonk attending a naturalisation ceremony. From October all people aged 16 and over who wish to obtain Dutch citizenship will have to take part in a similar ceremony.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news