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Saturday, February 05, 2005

Dutch Move to Curb Immigration

The London Telegraph reports a bill in the Dutch Parliament to make immigration harder. Link.
People applying to live in the Netherlands will have to take an examination to prove that they understand the language and culture, the government has proposed.

The test will require 350 hours of study and cost £250.

It is the latest sign of the growing hard line on immigration after decades in which Holland has been one of Europe's most relaxed nations.(...)

There are now nearly a million Muslims in the Netherlands, or six per cent of the population.

Announcing the proposals in parliament late on Thursday, the immigration minister, Rita Verdonk, said a video film designed to capture the essence of Dutch life would be sent to applicants in their home countries.

It offers images of windmills, tulips, a description of the flag and a brief biography of William of Orange. As an early warning of the liberal mores, it also shows topless women sunbathing and a homosexual wedding.

The test would not be required for European Union citizens or people from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand or Japan. Female victims of people trafficking would also be exempt.

It would be obligatory for all other people hoping to live in the country, commonly by marrying a Dutch citizen or by joining family members already there. The film says Holland is "a small country with 16 million inhabitants, making it one of the most densely populated in the world".
Immigration works well when the immigrants are willing to integrate into the society. Many Muslim immigrants in Holland and elsewhere have there own communities, their own schools and speak their own language. People should move to a different country when they admire that country and want to live there. They should not move there if they hate all that it stands for and want to change it into the society the left.

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