The Dutch government is making 500 million euros available for the integration of asylum seekers who are given refugee status and allowed to stay in the Netherlands, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and chairman of the Association of Dutch Municipalities Jan van Zanen announced on Thursday
All toddlers between the ages of 2.5 and 4 years should be able to attend daycare or a playgroup. Minister Lodewijk Asscher and the association of Dutch municipalities made agreements to achieve this on Monday
The number of newcomers in the Netherlands that successfully complete the integration program and pass the exam is "alarmingly" low, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs wrote to Parliament on Wednesday. He launched an investigation into why the program is doing so poorly
Health and Sport Minister Edith Schippers thinks that football commentator Johan Derksen touched on a "real problem" when he said that some football clubs are facing problems because of Moroccan players. "We have to address everyone, all incidents. But you can not deny that these incidents happen far more at a number of clubs than at other clubs", she said
According to Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, it is definitely racist to keep Moroccan football players out of football clubs, as football analyst Johan Derksen called for on Voetbal Inside on Monday night.
The King of Morocco arrived at Schiphol Airport on Friday in a private visit to the Netherlands. Mohammed VI started off the stop surprising several people on the street, where he stepped out incognito, wearing just a hoodie sweater, knitted cap and a pair of jeans.
A large delegation of the Dutch cabinet will be attending a gathering at the Belgian embassy in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the bombings in Brussels on Tuesday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will give a speech.
The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament wants Minster Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and Integration to examine the use of the terms "allochtoon" and "autochtoon". The parliamentarians feel that people's backgrounds should only be pointed out if it is relevant to solving a particular problem.
Mosques in the Netherlands are increasingly facing threats, almost on a daily basis. Yet no extra security measures will be implemented to protect them at this stage. But should it be needed, there will not be a second's hesitation to give extra security, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs said after a meeting with mosque managements
Violent incidents directed against mosques are increasingly common occurrences and happen far more often than is reported in the media, according to researcher Ineke van der Valk. "Many Mosque leaders choose not to make the violence against their address public", she said to Dutch newspaper Trouw. "For example, because they do not want to exacerbate the matter."
Salafist organizations can be banned if they break the law, but the cabinet will not impose a general ban. The government will however, keep a closer eye on such organizations, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament.
All Amsterdam government officials failed in addressing the disorder in the municipality's finances. This includes, but is not limited to, current Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, who was Finance alderman in the city between 2006 and 2012, according to a committee of inquiry that investigated the municipality's finances between 2002 and 2014
Opposition parties SP, CDA, D66, ChristenUnie and GroenLinks are calling on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Lodewijk Asscher to do more to tackle discrimination in employment. According to the parties, nothing has come from Asscher's promises to crack down on discriminatory companies and Maartens are still rather employed than Mohammeds.
A majority in the Dutch Senate voted for the abolition of the treaty with Morocco on the payment of Dutch benefits to people in the country
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment decided to address the people sending him antisemitic, racist and insulting comments on social media. In a long Facebook post he answered several of them by name.
In a year that saw several crimes related to anti-Semitism occur in the Netherlands and a vicious assault on a kosher supermarket in Paris, about 85 Jewish people emigrated out of the Netherlands for Israel, an increase from about 61 a year earlier. The violence prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call for Jews living in Europe to flee for Israel.
The remarks made by the mayor of Cologne about the very high number of sexual assaults in the German city during New Year's lead to fierce criticism from Dutch politicians. Mayor Henriette Reker suggested that women should keep strangers "at arms length to avoid sexual harassment". Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher calls this statement "completely the wrong signal" that creates the impression that the victims could have done something to stop it.
Anti-Islam political party leader Geert Wilders scoffed at Labour leader Diederik Samsom’s assertion that the Dutch citizenry would support taking up to 200,000 asylum seekers. The migration is a direct consequence of the war in Syria, and people which will continue to seek refuge elsewhere until there is peace in the region
Amsterdam plans to launch a trial run in screening refugees on their abilities and so helping them find work or continue their education in the city more quickly. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher sees merit in this trial and promised financial support in a letter to Economic Affairs alderman Kajsa Ollongren on Tuesday
PVV leader Geert Wilders' political colleagues think that he should denounce violence in the asylum debate. The PVV leader regularly calls for resistance against the arrival of asylum seekers or centers. And this often turns into violence.
The Dutch government is going to keep track of all Salafist organization and look into whether it is possible to ban them, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs told the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Thursday, lower house of parliament, on Thursday
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher is facing criticism from the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament. The VVD, who is leading the attack, accused him of selling tall tales, with too little results, especially on unemployment.
A portion of the ruling Dutch cabinet will hold an emergency meeting on Saturday morning to discuss the terrorist attacks in Paris that took place a night earlier. A series of shootings and bombings amid the bustling Parisian nightlife led to the deaths of 128 people, with 99 people listed in critical condition on Saturday.
In what seems to be an effort to circumvent the Work and Security Act, Dutch universities are appointing lecturers with a combination of a small permanent contract and flexible contracts