The VVD in The Hague wants to follow Rotterdam and stop newcomers with low incomes and few skills from moving to the city, according to a party policy document published on Tuesday.
In particular, the party wants to introduce language requirements for people hoping to move into housing corporation homes.
‘I don’t want any culture lessons and stimulating community feeling,’ VVD city councillor Arjen Lakerveld said. Instead the council should ‘target policy at practical steps which stimulate people to work and learn the language. That is integration,’ he said.
The VVD also wants to ban people who have come into contact with the police in connection with violent crime or causing a public nuisance from moving to the city.
Earlier, Lakerveld told the Telegraaf the arrival of more immigrants is damaging the city. ‘We are not doing well in the statistics. We are peaking in terms of crime and urban deprivation,’ he was quoted as saying.
The Netherlands already has laws which allow a council to ask for government permission to put income demands on people seeking to move to a certain area. ‘We want to do this in the entire city. If this is not acceptable, then in certain areas,’ the councillor told the Telegraaf.
The VVD is part of the coalition which runs The Hague city council.
A year ago, Rotterdam was given permission to extend its ban on low income families moving into certain parts of the city for a further 18 months at least.
This means people who want to rent a house in one of the four neighbourhoods must either have a job, a pension or a student grant. The rule does not apply if people have already lived in the city for six years.
According to Nos television, Tilburg and Den Bosch have similar projects.
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