The Netherlands: getting tough on immigrants

The Netherlands became the first European country to subject prospective immigrants to exams. From the Brussels Journal

From 1 March onwards people who want to settle in the Netherlands (e.g. to join family members or to marry someone living there) will have to pass a preliminary test at the Dutch embassy in their country of origin. In this so-called “integration test” the immigrants have to prove that they have sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language and the geography, history and political system of the Netherlands. The fee for taking the test is 350 euros. Those who do not pass are not allowed to enter the Netherlands. Those who do pass have only taken the first hurdle. After their arrival in the Netherlands they will have to pass a second – more difficult – exam.

4 Responses to The Netherlands: getting tough on immigrants

  1. Marina says:

    on the word “Eurabia”; it unfortunately reminds me of thee title of an antisemitic book pre WWII, “La France juive”. “La France juive” and “Eurabia” are equally offensive and inaccurate.

  2. RL says:

    Eurabia was actually initially the name of a journal produced by Europeans and Arabs as a joint cultural project. in this sense, unlike Lollards or Pajamas media, the term was not initially a form of disdain which the objects of that disdain adopted, but a label that the initiators coined, and critics later took up.

  3. RL says:

    Eurabia was actually initially the name of a journal produced by Europeans and Arabs as a joint cultural project. in this sense, unlike Lollards or Pajamas media, the term was not initially a form of disdain which the objects of that disdain adopted, but a label that the initiators coined, and critics later took up.

  4. Marina says:

    actually I have to correct a mistake: “la France juive” was published in 1886 (by Edouard Drumont) in the pre-Dreyfus affair years.

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