Multiculti-Dutch, yes, but not in my backyard

25th August 2011, Comments 22 comments

Non-immigrant Dutch people say they want their children to grow up in a multicultural society, but would actually prefer their own kids to live in a white neighbourhood and go to a non-mixed school.

This is the conclusion of research carried out by the monthly magazine . A cross-section of parents, 588 in all, were interviewed for the piece.

The magazine says 80 percent of the Dutch-background parents acknowledge the advantages of growing up in a society made up of different cultures. However, 57 percent worry about the position of their white children in a mixed-race society.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

3 Comments To This Article

  • Mehdi posted:

    on 31st August 2011, 16:18:09 - Reply

    One thing I don't understand about the Netherlands: if you are from another European country, and you don't speak a single word of Dutch, your life in this country is easier than if you were born here of Moroccan descent, and speak perfectly Dutch. Talk about a double standard.
  • Tricia Winters posted:

    on 31st August 2011, 15:30:21 - Reply

    I am sorry to have to agree with the above comment. In most societies people of ethnic origins are marginalised in times of scarcity, particularly jobs. However, this seemed to be the culture I experienced 12 years ago during the 'good times' and has become ever more so as real job losses have risen over the past 5-6 years. Resentment of the English has likewise increased, even though we were welcomed with open arms when we first came here with higher IT skills. On the plus side, the Nederlanders are very focused, on the negative side their views can sometimes be quite narrow and they miss the bigger picture.
  • no surprise posted:

    on 31st August 2011, 14:06:22 - Reply

    Dutch society is double standard all the way, They want to appear to the tourists in Amsterdam that they are soooo open and liberal but the back roads and communities tell a completely different tale. They always behave like they can't stand anyone who isn't blonde and blabs in dutch