All Muslims who cause problems in Europe should be stripped of their European nationality and deported, Dutch MP Geert Wilders said on Danish tv at the weekend.
‘An enormous number of Muslims want a different society to the democracy we now have,’ Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration party PVV, was quoted as saying. ‘They are still a minority but as soon as they get stronger, they will change their tune and it will be too late to fight back.’
Muslims are responsible for most crime in both Denmark and the Netherlands, Wilders said. While law-abiding Muslims were welcome, ‘if you commit a crime, if you start thinking about jihad or sharia, then it’s very clear, we will send you away, we will send you packing, we will strip you of the Dutch or Danish nationality,’ he said. ‘It is a red line. Abide by the rules, you are welcome to stay, and if you don’t we will send you away the same day.’
Asked how many Muslims Wilders thought were responsible for causing problems, Wilders said: ‘Millions, tens of millions.’
Wilders wants a ban on all new Muslim immigration to Europe.
On Saturday, integration minister Eberhard van der Laan launched a strong attack on Wilders in the Parool, urging him to take part in a face to face debate. ‘I have never been able to have a debate with him,’ Van der Laan said. ‘Sometimes I think ‘come on sir, where are you?”
Van de Laan said he was still undecided about calls to back registering the ethnic origin of young offenders.
‘The PVV wants to keep registering children’s dual nationality, even those from totally integrated parents because you can take away someone’s Dutch nationality if he has another,’ the minister said.
‘Then I realised, do I need to help set up an electronic databank which could be misused at a later date? I don’t know about that,’ he said.