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This is an excellent summary of the issue and still not resolved. Discussion on Dutch news is to abandon international agreements or just disregard them. Take an example to Macron and France ... or Denmark or Italy or the Visegrád Four group setting the stage for new "EU" policy and shredding the Schengen Accords.

Dutch coalition government split over asylum seeker policy | Reuters - April 16, 2015 |

Liberal Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday sought to resolve a dispute within his centre-right coalition government over providing shelter to thousands of failed asylum seekers.

More meetings with the junior coalition partner Labour Party had been scheduled for Thursday afternoon after talks ran past midnight on Wednesday, but the discussions were postponed until Friday, the parties said. No explanation was provided.

The issue deeply divides the ruling parties and has the potential to trigger a political crisis. The government teetered on the verge of collapse late last year after a healthcare bill was blocked in the Senate.

Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) does not want to provide basic food and shelter to undocumented, or failed asylum seekers because of concerns the policy would attract more migrants.

The left-of-centre Labour Party, which shares power with the VVD, backs a policy of "bed, bath and bread" for people in need, even if they have been refused asylum.

    A small nation of 17 million people, the Netherlands welcomed large numbers of migrants for decades after World War Two, mostly from Turkey and Morocco. But it has become less accommodating amid a public backlash over Muslim immigration and increasing stresses on the social welfare system.

[I take issue with this very poor composition on the issue of migrant workers. At the time of the EEC of six nations, the Dutch had a large manufacturing base for electronics (Philips with 100k employees), textiles in Twente and cigars in Brabant. To lower the cost of labor, companies hired foreign workers from Italy, Spain and Greece. All foreign employees did not acquire a residence permit and had a temporary work permit.

As the EU expanded, these migrants returned home as their local economies improved. Dutch employers took the next step through employment agencies in provincial hubs in Morocco and Turkey to hire unskilled laborers. Slowly the manufacturing moved out to the newly expanded EU countries to profit from much lower labor costs and social responsibility. The Moroccan and Turkish workers did not return, but invited family members to join them under principle of "family reunification". A single politician put failed policy on the agenda ... Pim Fortuyn. He was assassinated by a Bio-terrorist.

As the housing crisis increased, investment poured into corporate offices, financial center in Amsterdam and buildings for Rotterdam harbor. The free market principles created a lopsided geographical centers of employment. The problems become  isi le once crisis hit ... Internet in 2000, financial crisis 2008-09 and the double whammy today of the pandemic and Biden's war of choice in the Ukraine. Today there is a shortfall of one million homes.

Inequality is steadfast and the xenophobes reap big political gains in the power structure of The Hague. People suffer and the only growth is in food banks with support of the Red Cross. Recently the refugee camps in Ter Apel received medical support from Médecins Sans Frontières.]

There are between 10,000-20,000 illegal, or irregular migrants, in the Netherlands, Dutch media reported. The Ministry for Security and Justice was not available to comment.

The issue of how to treat asylum seekers resurfaced this week after a resolution on the matter was adopted by the Council of Europe, Europe's leading human rights body, which has been interpreted differently by the coalition parties.

"We are pleased with the (Council of Europe) resolution," Erin Green of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), which lodged the complaint against the Netherlands, said.

"It is our hope that this resolution will increase momentum toward a more generous implementation of the European Social Charter."

The charter is a Council of Europe treaty that guarantees social and economic human rights.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 19th, 2022 at 12:16:13 PM EST
Werent the moroccan migrants signed directly on the spot by the car factories who needed lots of cheap unqualified workers?
by Oosterbeek on Sat Nov 19th, 2022 at 01:09:40 PM EST
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History of immigration in the Netherlands

After the Second World War, the Netherlands was in ruins: all industry was destroyed, houses were devastated, and unemployment was sky-high. The country needed rebuilding and industrialisation. This reconstruction process led to an acute shortage on the labour market by the end of the 1950s and early '60s. Initially individual companies, but soon afterwards also the Dutch government, recruited workers with few qualifications from Southern Europe (especially Spain and Italy) to work in the new industrial sector. Many of these 'guest workers' (in Dutch: 'gastarbeiders') returned after a few years to their country of origin.

In the middle of the 1960s the Dutch economy boomed. The Dutch government decided to invite guest workers from Turkey and Morocco. Many (male) workers, often married with children, moved to the Netherlands. They hoped to earn a lot of money in a short time in order to be able to provide a better future for their family back home. 'Leaving to stay' was the paradox.

Pim Fortuyn, The Abrasive Populist Dutch Politician (2002)

An eco-maniac threw a custard pie ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 19th, 2022 at 02:05:24 PM EST
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I m always surprised to see that there is zero degree of free speech when it comes to the narco states and the coffeeshops (now selling 'smart' stuff again such as musrooms..as if the psychatric structures in the EU were not already overwhelmed).
I have never seen a coffee shop employee speaking in english on camera about the 1 door business (allowed to sell but not to buy, no written laws). Neither did i see public records of the high level deals with the moroccan state (if indeed they exist).
by Oosterbeek on Sun Nov 20th, 2022 at 04:58:15 AM EST
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A new diary ...

A rant (Nederlands gesproken)

Dutch gods are on coke

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 20th, 2022 at 04:19:47 PM EST
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Feeding on populism after horrific wars in the Middle East

#ArabSpring #LibyaRegimeChange #SyriaAssadOut #SupportAlNusra #terror

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 20th, 2022 at 06:33:34 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 19th, 2022 at 08:29:03 PM EST
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Personal commitment by Mark Rutte today before the VVD National Congress ...

VVD Alumni: Frits Bolkestein - Neelie Smit-Kroes - Gerrit Zalm - Rita Verdonk - Ayaan Hirsh Ali - Geert Wilders

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 19th, 2022 at 01:49:39 PM EST
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Previous diary, comment ...

Mark Rutte: Duress, Inequality & Solitude

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 11:29:41 AM EST
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Businesses have a role to play in achieving global food security. This is what they can do | WEF |

Global Elite and its Clubs: The Case of Bilderberg Group

The dissertation offers the first multifaceted appraisal of post-Cold War power of Bilderberg Group. It came to balanced conclusions, namely that Bilderberg Group was and continues to be influential, but its power decreases. This trend is documented on two areas of which Bilderberg Group cares most - European integration and transatlantic ties. The argument is that both Brexit and TTIP's failure imply that Bilderberg Group no longer fulfils its role of uniting the Western countries.

The dissertation introduces a new research agenda, as it conducts the first robust test of the hypothesis that Bilderberg Group can serve as career elevator. It shows that there are dozens of politicians who first attended Bilderberg conference(s) and later became key ministers, prime ministers, presidents and heads of international organizations like EU, NATO, IMF or UN. These findings add new provocative dimension to understanding of the processes of political elite recruitment and networking.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 19th, 2022 at 01:50:39 PM EST
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