Sunday 25 October 2020

Dutch split on refugee policy but don’t want borders closed

netherlands borderOnly one in five of the Dutch think the international treaty on refugees should be respected, according to a poll of over 1,000 people by market research group Ipsos.

The treaty forbids signatories from sending refugees to countries where they may be in danger, nu.nl says.

In addition, 52% think the country’s asylum policy makes it too easy for terrorists to enter the country and 45% think efforts should be made to tighten up refugee policy  within the current legislation.

Ipsos carried out the poll in the wake of the publication of a VVD plan which called for Europe’s borders to be completely closed to refugees.

However, the Ipsos poll found just 14% in favour of completely closing the borders and pulling out of the international refugee treaty. Among supporters of the anti-immigration PVV, just 49% favour shutting the borders to all refugees, nu.nl reports.

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