The Dutch Mull Changes to Some of Europe’s Strictest Immigrant Integration Laws

People walk along street stalls at a fruit market in The Hague, The Netherlands, March 4, 2017 (AP photo by Emilio Morenatti).
People walk along street stalls at a fruit market in The Hague, The Netherlands, March 4, 2017 (AP photo by Emilio Morenatti).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on immigration and integration policy around the world. The Netherlands has had one of the toughest integration policies for immigrants in Europe since new laws were passed in 2013 with the support of far-right members of parliament. But there is now agreement across the political spectrum that those stricter policies, which placed higher burdens on immigrants for passing required examinations on Dutch language and society, have not produced the desired results. A draft set of proposed changes, if passed by parliament, could go into effect as soon as 2020. In […]

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