Tougher Dutch integration rules

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The government says that immigrants to the Netherlands who are required to pass integration tests will in future have to do this within three years of their arrival or lose their residency rights.

Asylum seekers who fail to get through the tests within the period will be allowed to remain but will face fines.

The move is based on the government programme which was agreed during the formation of the rightwing coalition. The document states that migrants and asylum seekers have to take responsibility for their own integration and pay the costs of the process themselves. If they cannot afford this, they will be able to borrow the money.

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3 Comments To This Article

  • John Blutarski posted:

    on 18th June 2011, 09:35:56 - Reply

    While the first poster is a bit over the top, you didn't disagree with his/her main point. (What's a name like Bon anyway?)

    So you're saying that it's perfectly OK to arbitarily yank the residency rights of people who are otherwise abiding by the law, working and doing no harm just by saying that they have to pass an exam? What next? Seems like the whole idea of the VVD and its political minions is to reduce rights and to drive people out.

    Is this kind of thing even possible under EU law? I have the EU permanent residency permit, which means that the govt can't say a thing to me. However, that didn't stop the city hall from trying to stuff me into one of their stupid classes. So, I got a lawyer and he had to sort things out. (The city hall lost.) I can just imagine how much more this would have cost if this law had been in place.

    And with this kind of "values" in Dutch political life, why would I care about a class that's supposed to teach me about them and make me agree with them? (NOT!) BTW- the current coalition is a minority one, which means that they weren't given a mandate by the electorate to do this kind of thing.
  • Anton Nieuwenhuizen posted:

    on 18th June 2011, 05:54:05 - Reply

    Yo Bon,

    They're not talking about people who are 'passing by', but people who came to Holland for economic reasons. Political refugees are always welcome, but not the 'fortune' seekers who move to Holland, then can't find a job and move to criminal circuit and/or hold up their hand to get social welfare checques pushed into them...

    There's always two sides to a story, and to just immediately compare this to nazi germany is just showing how ignorant you are.

    Don't forget, this gouvernment was chosen in a fully democratic process. Polls show, that if there were elections today, this gouvernment would come out even stronger...

    I guess you're not against democracy, unless it results in things you don't like...:)
  • Bon Jenkins posted:

    on 17th June 2011, 23:02:53 - Reply

    What a cheery translation of a government press release which could lead to the "exiling" of tens of thousands of residents who pay tax, have jobs, own property and are otherwise law-abiding. Western Europe hasn't seen this kind of "legal" cleansing since Germany in the 1930s. The government can be happy that they've put forward laws which have marginalised and ghettoised parts of the population to the point where there are first (white pure blood native, Dutch), second (ethnic, Dutch), and third (everyone else) class people. Bravo, well done.

    Now when you're in my country, speak my language, otherwise, I'm going to tell you to speak my language.