Thursday 09 December 2021

Figures ‘irrelevant’ in immigration debate, says minister

There is no point in calculating the effect of government efforts to cut immigration on the actual number of non-westerners arriving in the Netherlands, immigration minister Gerd Leers told a television show on Monday night.

Definitive figures are irrelevant because immigration is always affected by outside events, the minister said.
The anti-Islam PVV has made its support for the minority coalition dependent on a 50% reduction in the number of non-western immigrants.
The Volkskrant reported at the weekend that this figure was far from being achieved.

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