Amsterdam and Rotterdam are to work together in order to increase the integration of their ethnic minorities, the Volkskrant reports on Monday.
Amsterdam has 178 nationalities and Rotterdam 174 within their city boundaries.
In 2015, more than half the population of Rotterdam will be ‘bicultural’, city council executive Korrie Louwes told the paper. ‘When it is obvious that bicultural citizens fully participate in society, then the image of fear will lessen,’ Louwes said.
The aim of the project is to reduce the risk of divisions in society, the paper says. The government has cut the amount of money available for integration projects and courses.
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