Thursday, January 13, 2011

Minister Faruk Çelik has a big mouth

Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reports that the Turkish government has fiercely criticised the new Dutch government's stricter immigration and integration policies. Labour and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik, in charge over 'Turks in foreign countries, said the new policies place immigrants in an isolated position.

The minister mentioned the high costs of obtaining a residence permit, compulsory integration courses and the fact that Turkish language classes are not part of the curriculum offered at Dutch schools. In fact he's saying: to speak good Dutch you have first to learn Turkish (in the Netherlands!!)
Mr Çelik pointed to the successful integration of Turkish immigrants in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. He said the Netherlands and other Western European countries could learn from their example. And I believe that if the Dutch implement rules like those of Australia or the USA, the Dutch will get rid of 50% of their immigrants!! Why? Because the immigration rules in those countries are ten times harder!
But the Turkish minister, who doesn't speak one word English, is quoted as saying that: "The fact that young Dutch people of Turkish descent still believe they are second-rate citizens, that they are not welcome, or that they are being discriminated against shows that the Dutch authorities need to revise their immigration policies." No, no, and no! Because only some Turks are complaining that the Dutch government must change their policies?
Or because his boss, PM Erdogan yesterday again endorsed Hamas? The Dutch must do that as well?
There is a creepy Islamisation process going on in Turkey...

Anyway, this all because a group of Dutch Turks recently wrote a letter about the increasing integration problems among young Turks in the Netherlands. The authors also called on the Turkish government to stop interfering with the religious beliefs of Dutch Turks, but Mr Çelik rejected their appeal. Of course. What a shame!

Day Opening - January 13

Fountain of Place de la Concorde, Paris, By Arnaud Frich