Turkish Dutch set to claim back integration course costs

Thousands of Turkish nationals are set to claim back the cost of integration courses from the Dutch state, now that the compulsory classes have been ruled illegal, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Tuesday.

Lawyer Bilal Coskun told the paper some 30,000 Turks have been forced to take the courses, many of them in Turkey itself.
He has now set up a foundation to represent them in claiming back an average €5,000 per person.
New rules
In 2006, the government introduced new rules requiring Turkish nationals who want to come to the Netherlands to pass an integration exam before arrival. But this has now been ruled illegal under treaties between Turkey and the EU.
The government has already said people who took the course after August 16 would be refunded, but not the rest.

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