Majority backs new integration policy

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Three quarters of the Dutch support the new government policy that requires immigrants to adapt to Dutch society and values, a weekly survey finds.

The policy is endorsed by most people voting for the conservative VVD and Christian Democrat CDA parties, which form the minority coalition, and supporters of the anti-Islam Freedom Party, which backs the cabinet in parliament.

The policy is also welcomed by two-thirds of Socialist Party voters and half of those who vote for Labour, the democrat party D66 and the Green Left party, Maurice de Hond’s weekly opinion poll suggests.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents took a negative view of the integration policy pursued by the four previous governments led by Christian Democrat Jan Peter Balkenende between 2002 and 2010.

Eighty-three percent of those surveyed say they support a government plan to ban burkas, a garment some Muslim women wear to cover their whole body, in all public spaces. cl

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  • nama posted:

    on 20th June 2011, 11:13:09 - Reply

    And which would those values be?