Labour amends hard line integration policy

The Labour party is to rewrite parts of its new policy document on the integration of immigrants following pressure from ordinary members, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.

The draft document, published in December, takes a hard-line approach to young trouble-makers from ethnic minorities and calls on immigrants to leave behind their cultural origins and choose unequivocally to join Dutch society.
But the document has been criticised by party members for focusing too much on the negative side of immigration and for containing generalisations about young trouble-makers.
Positive side
‘We are going to be more explicit about where things are going well,’ party chairwoman Lilianne Ploumen, who drew up the original document, told the paper.
For example, the document will include more about businesses set up by immigrants and about successes in further education, the Volkskrant said.
The paper says criticism of the original document, entitled Divided Pasts, Shared Futures, came from Labour party members at meetings in The Hague and Eindhoven as well as from MPs.
Another five local meetings are due to take place next week. In Noord-Brabant alone, dozens of amendments to the policy document have already been put forward, the paper says.

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