Liberals call for tougher immigration rules

The Netherlands should refuse to give immigrants unemployment benefits unless they have lived here for 10 years and set a new age limit of 24 for migrants, opposition Liberal (VVD) leader Mark Rutte is quoted as saying in Friday’s Telegraaf.

Rutte made the statement during a visit to Denmark to compare immigration policies, the paper said.
‘Working is a much better way to integration than big integration projects,’ Rutte was quoted as saying. ‘They discovered that in Denmark a while ago.’
Denmark’s tough immigration rules have been criticised by the European courts on several occasions because they are sometimes at odds with the free movement of people, the paper says.

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