Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration party PVV has asked a number of government ministers to calculate exactly how much non-western immigrants cost Dutch society, Trouw reports on Wednesday.
The finance, social affairs, health, housing, education, economic affairs and defence ministries have all been asked by PVV MP Sietse Fritsma to calculate how much immigrants cost their departments and how much they contribute in terms of taxes.
‘The core of Fritsma’s questions is: The Hague spends relatively more on non-western immigrants and gets little back,’ Trouw states.
The paper says Fritsma has asked the tax office to calculate how much non-western immigrants pay in taxes compared with the native Dutch. The education ministry has been asked how much it spends on catching ethnic minority truants.
And the health ministry has been asked to say how much more money it spends on non-westerners because they are more likely to visit the doctor.
The party has asked for the calculations to be based on government spending over the past five years with a forecast for the next five.
Trouw says it is unclear if individual ministries will cooperate with the PVV’s requests or whether ministers will prepare a joint statement.
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