'Reply this month on cost of immigration'
Friday 14 August 2009
The cabinet will try to answer questions from the anti-immigration PVV party on the cost of non-western immigrants this month, reports website Nu.nl.
The cabinet said earlier this week it would discuss how to tackle this sensitive political issue at Friday's meeting.
‘We want to reply quickly and clearly,’ Nu.nl quotes integration minister Eberhard van der Laan as saying after Friday’s meeting.
‘We accept the limitations that a fast reply brings with it. You could spend years studying the situation,’ he added.
Van der Laan also said that the cabinet will focus on what the government’s immigration policy has cost and what it has delivered. It does not intend to talk about ‘how much people cost’ reports Nu.nl.
The government is obliged to answer questions from MPs. In total Geert Wilders' PVV party has submitted almost 80 questions about how much immigrants cost the Netherlands to almost all government ministries.