Tag: Islam in the Netherlands

Europe’s most liberal nation kills multiculturalism?

Well, that’s almost what it looks like that a new citizen integration bill (cover letter and pdf accompanying bill) presented to the Dutch parliament on June 16 by Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner seems to say. Here are some excerpts:

The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.”

“A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands. The integration will not be tailored to different groups.”

The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants. For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants to ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.

Bold was done by me to stress the obvious first part. The second part was supposedly already Dutch law, it was just not enforced. Does this mean that the elites running the Netherlands finally have picked up the discontent with the immigrants that refuse to not only integrate, but actually flaunt that lack of integration and actively denigrate Dutch society, that permeates their populous, and are acting upon it? We’ll see.

It’s going to be interesting, because the discontent and failure is primarily targeted at guess who?

The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner, “it is not the government’s job to integrate immigrants.” The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against Muslim immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress. More specifically, the government will impose a ban on face-covering Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013.

It looks like the Dutch have had enough of the problems with this group which not only refuses integration but which openly professes hostility towards their host country. And I think I should mention that this proposal was submitted on the day before the acquittal of Geert Wilders, whom had been dragged into court for pointing out that Dutch liberalism and Islam where simply incompatible. This is a serious turnabout in Europe. One we should follow and pay close attention to. It’s no surprise to me that the LSM has not covered either story much here in the US.