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Lodewijk Asscher's participation contract: translation

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The government is planning to ask most categories of immigrants in the Netherlands to sign a declaration that they will participate in Dutch society and uphold its values.

Here is an unofficial translation of the text:

Welcome to the Netherlands!

You have just come to live in the Netherlands or have been here for a while. We would like to inform you about Dutch society and things which are important here. Here in the Netherlands, we consider participation to be very important. As are values such as freedom, equality and solidarity. These values are connected to rights which also apply to you.

In the Netherlands, everyone may think, do and say what he will. This means that:

Everyone can express their own opinions

Everyone may have their own belief or lifestyle

Everyone has the right to make their own choices and independence

There are boundaries to this. What someone says or does may never conflict with the law. For example, you may not deliberately insult someone, discriminate against them or stimulate hatred.


In the Netherlands, all citizens are treated equally. All citizens have the same rights and duties: men, women, homosexuals, heterosexuals, believers, non-believers, etc. Discrimination is not accepted.


In the Netherlands, we ask citizens to help each other and support each other if necessary. Together, citizens are responsible for society. Citizens have the right to live in a safe environment, to decent housing, to fair labour contracts, a minimum wage when they work, good education and good medical care. The government has a duty to protect people against exploitation and unfair treatment. In principle, citizens must ensure they can look after themselves. If that is not possible, and no-one else can help, the government will offer help.


In the Netherlands, we ask all citizens to contribute to a pleasant and safe society, for example, by working, going to school or doing voluntary work. This can be done in the neighbourhood, at school or through an association. Speaking Dutch is very important in this.

I declare that I have taken note of the above listed Dutch society values and that I will be pleased to carry them out. I declare that I want to make an active contribution to Dutch society and that I expect to be given the space and the cooperation of my fellow citizens to do this.

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3 Comments To This Article

  • Woods posted:

    on 2nd January 2014, 13:51:47 - Reply

    Ingrid, I agree that tax here is abominable. You get more here for tax evasion than you do for murder :) And the inheritance tax is why many Dutch give the kids their inheritance before they die. I became Dutch about 20 years ago, because I became very ill and had a 4-year old. It made it easier for my Dutch friends who would adopt her should I die. As you can see I didn't and, sadly, have regretted my decision ever since.
    By the way, isn't that 1.2% savings tax on the interest 'earned', not the amount saved itself?
  • Ingrid posted:

    on 24th December 2013, 15:53:07 - Reply

    Freya, nobody I know out of my expat circle even -wants- to become Dutch. They just get themselves an EU blue card (EU Permanent Residency card) and can still move around freely in EU, claim unemployment benefits, and take on jobs anywhere within EU. So why on earth do you think any intelligent high skilled expat would want to fight to get a Dutch pass??? Let's make a list of downsides, shall we: - welfare is not accessible if you own a house, which is ridiculous, because in most countries they understand that you can't just sell a house, sleep on the street and then rent one as a roof at an even higher rate. In other words, Holland is stealing from the Dutch by taking 52% income tax, and never granting them access to basic welfare when in need. - tax of as high as (!!) 52% kicks in at a mid skilled level job salary - if you hold a top position, you get to pay 60% and 'crisis heffing' tax 16%, total 75%, so you get to spend 24% nett. Who in their right mind wants to sell his skills at such a low 'dutch' return? - on savings, mind you from 20k already, 1,2% wealth tax is due, so do that 100y and the Dutch legally robbed you from your bank account - die in NL or even while retiring in Argentina, the Dutch tax man will come tax your kids Inheritance tax of up to 35% just -because- you hold a DUTCH passport. If you are English and lived in NL all your life and retire in Argentina, you don't get slapped with Inheritance tax. So WHY do you think in your vanity that anybody is even remotely interested in your wonderful Dutch pasport???? Now a swiss passport, at the other hand, now, THAT would be something an expat would be fighting for. [Edited by moderator]
  • Freya Holtrop posted:

    on 23rd December 2013, 15:11:37 - Reply

    A very good plan, but.... I miss that it is oblligatory. When living in a country permanenty or with the plan to llive there permanently, one should adapt himself/herself to the customs and laws of that country. And if you don´t like their laws, and don´t want to obey them, look for another country to live in.