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Dutch positive about immigration but want controls on more

Friday 01 June 2012

The Dutch are among the most positive Europeans about the effect of immigration, with 67% agreeing that the arrival of people from outside the EU enriches the Netherlands, according to a new report.

Only Sweden and Luxembourg are more positive about the positive effect of immigration on their culture and economy, new research from the European Commission showed on Friday.

In addition, 85% of the Dutch think people from non-EU countries should have the same rights as Dutch nationals, a figure which is second only to Sweden. The EU average is 68%.


However, only 48% of the Dutch believe immigrants don’t integrate because they face discrimination, one of the lowest figures in the 27-member state survey. By contrast, 80% of Swedes believe discrimination is a factor.

At the same time, the Dutch are among the least likely to think the debate about immigration is based on accurate information.

The research also shows 54% of the Dutch are not in favour of encouraging non-EU immigration to fill gaps in the jobs market and 52% don’t think it should be made easier for non-EU citizens to travel to the Netherlands for business or leisure. Only Luxembourg has more people against easing controls on visits and most EU countries want fewer rules.

Around 4% of the total EU population of over 500 million comes from outside the EU, the survey shows.

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Readers' Comments

So who is voting for Wilders?Dutch polotics tell a different story.

By jason buttle | 1 June 2012 6:43 PM

Who on earth carried out this research? Who did they ask? Presumably the aggressive men hanging round HS.

By Fred | 1 June 2012 11:18 PM

So "85% of the Dutch think people from non-EU countries should have the same rights as Dutch nationals" BUT "52% don’t think it should be made easier for non-EU citizens to travel to the Netherlands for business or leisure."

Obviously the Dutch don't know how much time, money, effort and frustration it takes to secure a Visa, especially from a Non-EU country that's not the US. Having the same rights as Dutch people means Visa-free travel to most countries in the world.

It just goes to show, yet again, that people don't know what they're talking about.

By Bob | 2 June 2012 7:32 AM

Most citizens have no clue about the difficulties a foreigner faces qualifying to immigrant in any country. That's why everyone thinks every country has an open door policy. And government feeds into that misconception and perpetuates fear, paranoia and hatred to foreigners.

Works for them!

By CW | 2 June 2012 11:27 AM

the 85% who think foreigners should hve same rights as dutch are for those foreigners who are already in NL if I am not mistaken. The foreigners dnt have same rights as dutch people .. and not all is negative cause this includes a 10% tax break as well.

By Ryan | 2 June 2012 12:35 PM

Nicely said, CW.

By Stupid | 2 June 2012 3:40 PM

I'm an American attending college in the Netherlands next year, and plan on living there even beyond my degree, and I want to voice my frustration about the non-EU citizen restrictions in Holland. I completely understand that many immigrants do not contribute to the country, but I'm fully committed to finding work and learning the language. Finding work is very difficult, and the residence permit application was a nightmare.

By Dylan | 2 June 2012 5:14 PM

@Jason Buttle, 15% of the voters. So these statistics make perfect sense.

By pepe | 2 June 2012 10:15 PM

Political correctness needs to end & we need to decide which countries we let people in from. I.E, if a certain group has high crime figures & high welfare dependency then it makes no sense at all to let more of these people in.

We should also focus on integration and stop letting people in from cultures that are totally different from ours and won't integrate.

By Phil | 3 June 2012 5:47 AM

@ Phil wrote: "..if a certain group has high crime figures & high welfare dependency then it makes no sense at all to let more of these people in.."

It's not about where they are from but how educated, enlightened and open to a new culture they are. You can let in 'trash' from anywhere in the world even within the EU itself.

By Zra My | 3 June 2012 12:34 PM

There is a huge contradiction between what people say and legislation. When looking at the 30% tax ruling and the eminent laws regarding dual citizenship and burqas, one gets a whole different picture.

By Helen | 3 June 2012 2:21 PM

What about the policy of people working in IND who make the procedure of getting or extending residence permit more complicated than it is really by giving incomplete (even wrong) information in order to make you give up?!

By MP | 3 June 2012 5:01 PM

@ Dylan - every country needs to protect itself against an influx of non-nationals to ensure that it's culture and monetary status is protected.... and I say this as a foreigner living in Holland. The US has one of the toughest entry citeria to allow foreigners in to live and work so why do you criticise the Dutch system so harshly?

By mazza, nijmegen | 4 June 2012 8:14 AM

Reasons to be optimistic, at last. Holland might remain Holland after all.

By Philippe | 4 June 2012 9:06 AM

mazza, do the Dutch eat less cheese since immigrants moved in? Not listen to Andre Hazes anymore? Not celebrate Sinterklaas or Queen's Day?

And do you honestly believe that immigrants would demand that you stop such activities? And would the majority listen?

And culture, I'm sorry to say, is NOT a static thing. NOT because of immigrants but because culture evolves naturally. Even the three kisses thing is a modern phenomenon.

I do hope you don't attempt to water down Dutch culture by eating at foreign restaurants, wearing clothes bought at home or listening to music created by foreign artists or you are just as guilty of destroying this apparent never-changing Dutch culture.

By CW | 4 June 2012 10:50 AM

Statistics is like a bikini - it shows obvious facts hiding essential details.

And I do not understand how can anyone talk about filling job market gaps if the unemployment rate is rising. Hire those unemployed instead of bringing more people into the country!

By kar | 4 June 2012 11:35 AM

All this survey shows is that the Dutch have very confused feelings about all things immigration-related. And, while the Dutch think everyone should integrate, they don't think discrimination is a factor. Nothing new here. What would be refreshing, would be a survey finding high numbers of the Dutch admitting and getting to work on the discrimination that permeates so much of NL society...

By Donna | 4 June 2012 2:29 PM

Well, if I moved to the NL I would ride a bike everywhere, leave my curtains open and make sure that children are always the priority.

On the other hand I would try to be vegan.

What say ye? Yay or nay?

By Todd Edelman | 4 June 2012 4:34 PM

I think these data make sense. Basically what is said is that most Dutch like immigration and see the positives of it, but do not want it unregulated nor do they want immigrants to take jobs that Dutch can do. And, incidentally, for once Pepe is right on the Wilders %. However, the VVD voters certainly got more than they bargained for.

By the_expat | 4 June 2012 6:52 PM

You are wrong...Green card in less than a year in USA. My wife 5 years to get something similar in the Netherlands.
When she got it we decided to come to USA. Netherlands is years light away from the USA in terms of immigration policy and not only.
Stop listening to communist propaganda.

By Grattaevinci76 | 4 June 2012 6:57 PM

I always told my Dutch wife how lucky I am not from Turkey or Morocco or any Middle Eastern country. I cannot imagine how much insults these people have to take,

By Graham | 4 June 2012 8:55 PM

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