Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands are the least happy of any Moroccan immigrants in Europe and their children are even more dissatisfied, the NRC reports on Monday.
The paper says a survey by an organisation called the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad concludes that the relationship between society as a whole and second generation Moroccan immigrants is ‘significantly more tense’ than in other countries.
The researchers looked at the position of Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
In Europe as a whole, 50% of immigrants and their children said they felt rejected by society but in the Netherlands almost two-third said they were sidelined.
The survey also showed that while second generation immigrants are less likely to attend mosques than their parents, in the Netherlands children are more likely than their parents to actively practice religion.
In June, a poll for NCRV television showed the rise in support for anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders had led many Dutch Muslims to consider emigrating.
While 75% of Dutch Muslims said they still feel at home in the Netherlands, 57% said they feel less welcome and 51% are thinking more often about leaving.
Wilders described that poll as ‘good news’.
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