Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Integration in the Netherlands

The most recent quarterly survey conducted by the Social Cultural Planning Office (SCP) has revealed that Dutch people are becoming more positive about the immigrants that have come to live there.
Only 35 percent now think the Netherlands would be a better place if there were fewer immigrants. At the end of last year that figure was 41 percent. With appr. 400 thousand people, immigrants born in Turkey or to Turkish parents, they constitute the largest non-western ethnic group in Holland.

The survey also shows that more and more people say the presence of different cultures is actually an asset to the country. This figure has climbed from 36 percent, at the end of last year, to 44 percent in the first quarter of 2009.
In addition, fewer people are critical of the integration process. In recent months, the planning office's researchers noted that Dutch people are reacting more mildly to the issue of immigration on the whole. Which is a bad sign for the right wing populist Geert Wilders!

When it comes to the economy, the same SCP survey shows people are just as pessimistic now about the situation as they were at the end of last year, with 65 percent believing the outlook is gloomy. The SCP research indicates that people with lower educational qualifications are aware that they are more vulnerable in times of economic malaise. People with higher qualifications are more optimistic.

Day Opening - April 28

Leap of faith by Paul Perton