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!

2 comments:

Laane said...

A difficult subject, because it seems to be one problem, bit in fact more problems are addressed.

Immigrants that have appealed against the decision of the court not to admit a person a permit to stay have to leave.

To make people leave all sorts of pressure is used and I think the turkish misnister has heard about the way some families are subjected to treatment which is rejected by the european court.
The dutch minister of immigration wanted to split parents and children and put children in foster care or under guardianship when their parents stay in The Netherlands. The European court has ruled that is against human rights.
It's not only dfepriving children of the love and care of the parents it's also a kind of blackmailing when you say to people: you can get your children back when you leave.

Now the minister has decided to create special places (in former prisons for instance) where people can stay with their children but where they are deprived from almost everything except food and a roof. He calls it a sober environment and he uses it to force people to leave.

So the turkish minister is right to say the dutch minister places new immigrants in isolation.

The Netherlands once was a very open society where differences were welcomed as opportunities to learn and brighten life.
Now it's a closed society where people have to conform to a certain image and all sorts of control measurements are taken to force people into wanted behaviour. For instance people with special needs have to work and according to new plans they will have to fight on the jobmarket with very capable people.

Well, there's a lot more to say about the subject, but this is a start.

Internation Musing said...

@Laane, I will reply tomorrow, Saturday to your comment