Integration law for new immigrants to the Netherlands

Integration law for new immigrants to the Netherlands

POV|date=December 2007In 1998, the Dutch parliament agreed with legislation called, Wet Inburgering Nieuwkomers, translated, new immigrants’ integration law. This law basically outlines the intent and procedures to force the new immigrants to integrate into the Dutch society. Within the program set up by this law are several courses contracted out to certain vocational schools, depending on the jurisdiction, and the immigrants themselves must first pay for the courses. The fees and tuitions they pay are supposed to be refunded upon their successful completion of the courses and passing the tests at the end. The immigrants are required to sign a contract to these terms.

The citizens of the European Union are exempt from this “integration” requirement. A member of the Dutch parliament has expressed his concern that according to EU rules immigrants from new EU members states like Poland, Bulgaria, and Romenia cannot be forced to integrate. [citeweb |title=Tweede Kamer: Polen moeten ook inburgeren: Arbeidsmigranten moeten ook op integratiecursus |url=] Apart from EU citizens, there are also other several other exceptions. One is the category called, “knowledge immigrant.” What this means is that you have a certain level of education and qualification that you could offer to the Dutch society. The main condition of this category is however defined by the income. In 2006, in order to qualify as a knowledge immigrant, one must earn from one employer more than 45,495,- (and € 33,363,- if you are under the age of 30) ["Kennismigrant" [ Link] ] . You are considered to possess certain knowledge useful to the Dutch national interests, so as to override the integration law’s requirements, if you earn more than this amount. This led to the unintended consequence that foreign employed prostitutes were considered knowledge immigrants under this law.

The second exception is for the students. If you come to the Netherlands to study or for your Ph.D., then you are also not compelled to learn the Dutch language and culture, either. This is because in master’s degree programs most courses are offered in English and if you work on your Ph.D. dissertation as it is supposed to be for a larger international academic community. It is generally accepted that the Dutch language and Dutch culture are in essence of no importance on an international level in general, but if you come to live there, the government will force you to integrate, especially if you are considered to have come from those countries that are underdeveloped and poor.

The then minister of immigration, Rita Verdonk took an initiative to produce educational materials as a part of this integration process. Under this, new immigrants were required to purchase for 63,- a DVD or a video explaining how the Dutch society works. The controversy with this was that in the video material was a clip of a young topless blond woman enjoying swimming at a beach. Obviously one can easily understand how well this was accepted by Muslims (for them a censored version is available).

Beginning March 2006, everyone who applies for a longer stay visa (called MVV) is required to take tests of very basic Dutch and basic knowledge of Dutch society (using the above mentioned DVD), before they were granted one, in a new program, called "Inburgering Buitenland" (Integration Abroad). In other words, the prospective immigrant should learn Dutch while still abroad. Of course the exceptions already mentioned apply and in addition, if you are a citizen of a “developed” country, such as the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea,Australia, etc. then again you are not compelled to participate in this so-called, “Integration Abroad” (Inburgering Buitenland) program.

Recently, the Dutch Department of Immigration and Naturalization (IND) ( also attempted to impose this integration law on Dutch citizens who were born and raised outside the Netherlands. Many of the current hard-line anti-immigration policies were initiated by Rita Verdonk who was the minister of immigration. It should also be mentioned that until 1985 the Netherlands did not recognize the maternal citizenship: Women of Dutch nationality with foreign partners could not have their children recognized as Dutch citizens.

according to the verdict of a lately closed court case in Amsterdam, the requirement of passing the basic dutch language test abroad is not legal in case of "family reunion".while for other MVV applicants, this heavily criticized policy :

ee also

*Citizenship education


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Demographics of the Netherlands — Population of Netherlands (1900 2000) Population: 16,783,092 (59th) Density …   Wikipedia

  • Multiculturalism in the Netherlands — began with a major increases in immigration during the 1950s and 60s. As a consequence, an official national policy of multiculturalism was adopted in the early 1980s. This policy subsequently gave way to more assimilationist policies in the… …   Wikipedia

  • History of the Netherlands — This article is part of a series Early History …   Wikipedia

  • NEW YORK CITY — NEW YORK CITY, foremost city of the Western Hemisphere and largest urban Jewish community in history; pop. 7,771,730 (1970), est. Jewish pop. 1,836,000 (1968); metropolitan area 11,448,480 (1970), metropolitan area Jewish (1968), 2,381,000… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • NETHERLANDS, THE (Holland) — NETHERLANDS, THE (Holland), kingdom in N.W. Europe. The Middle Ages It is not known when exactly the Jews settled in the area which is now called The Netherlands. As early as the 11th century one can find some indications of Jewish settlers in… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Princess Máxima of the Netherlands — Princess Máxima Princess Máxima in Amsterdam, Autumn 2003 Spouse Willem Alexander, Prince of Orange Issue Catharina Amalia, Hereditary Princess of Orange …   Wikipedia

  • New Zealand — New Zealander. /zee leuhnd/ a country in the S Pacific, SE of Australia, consisting of North Island, South Island, and adjacent small islands: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 3,587,275; 103,416 sq. mi. (267,845 sq. km). Cap.: Wellington …   Universalium

  • Islam in the Netherlands — HistoryTreaty with MoroccoIn the early 1600s a delegation from the Dutch Republic visited Morocco to discuss a common alliance against Spain and the Barbary pirates. Sultan Zidan Abu Maali appointed Samuel Pallache as his envoy, and in 1608… …   Wikipedia

  • Netherlands, The — officially Kingdom of The Netherlands byname Holland Country, northwestern Europe. Area: 16,033 sq mi (41,526 sq km). Population (2002 est.): 16,142,000. Capital: Amsterdam; Seat of Government: The Hague. Most of the people are Dutch. Languages:… …   Universalium

  • The Bronx — Bronx redirects here. For other uses, see Bronx (disambiguation). The Bronx   Borough of New York City   Bronx County Motto: Ne cede malis Do not give way to evil …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”