Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment

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Oct 12 '16 09:20

An increasing number of immigrants are passing their integration exams. Though more than half are still failing, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs wrote to parliament on Tuesday

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Oct 11 '16 08:58

Children's rights organizations Save the Children and Defense for Children are calling on the Dutch government to do more to fight poverty among hundreds of thousands of kids in the Netherlands

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Sep 23 '16 15:05

The Dutch government is calling on all victims of discrimination to report it to the police, even if the Public Prosecutor only gets to about a quarter of the reports as RTL Nieuws reports "But that 25 percent is already worth the effort", Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs said to broadcaster NOS.

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Sep 15 '16 10:13

In August unemployment in the Netherlands dropped to its lowest rate since August 2012, Statistics Netherlands announced on Thursday. Last month 521 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed. That is 5.8 percent of the workforce, compared to 6 percent in July.

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Aug 24 '16 16:10

On Wednesday afternoon the Dutch athletes who won medals at the Olympic Games gathered at the Ministry of General Affairs where they were personally congratulated by Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Aug 19 '16 16:40

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will only make a decision on whether or not he will stay in politics after next year's elections in October, he said in an interview with NU.nl on Friday.

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Aug 19 '16 10:35

The Dutch government has no plans to ban the so-called Burkini - full body swimwear worn by mostly Muslim women, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher said to RTL Nieuws, calling it a "bizarre idea".

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Aug 15 '16 13:00

In the coming years the Dutch government will be giving more refugees the opportunity to do volunteer work in the country with the aim of helping them with their integration, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment announced on Saturday. Minister Lodewijk Asscher made a million euros available to create about 14 thousand volunteer jobs

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Jul 27 '16 09:35

Several Dutch municipalities are meeting with Ministries on Wednesday to discuss the growing tension in the Turkish community in the Netherlands. The meeting is intended for the exchange of information and to share experiences in addressing arising problems

Jul 19 '16 09:39

Turkish-Dutch who openly support Fethullah Gulen received serious threats after a failed attempted coup in Turkey last week, the Volkskrant reports based on conversations with threatened Gulen supporters.

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Jul 14 '16 12:40

Employers will not be facing a quota for hiring disabled people this year, because they exceeded expectations in meeting last year's targets, State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Employment announced

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Jul 12 '16 12:10

Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and Employment believes a large earthquake-proofing operation to homes and buildings in Groningen can create thousands of new jobs in the area. On Monday he visited the earthquake stricken area and signed an intention declaration stating that all parties used in the strengthening operations will be Groningen residents

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Jun 6 '16 09:29

Over 1.2 million Dutch workers are being bullied, harassed or discriminated against in the work place, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment announced on Monday. This unwanted behavior comes from both colleagues and managers or bosses. The ministry is launching a campaign to draw attention to this problem.

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May 27 '16 09:56

Government parties PvdA and VVD agreed to give parents more money for child care next year. Depending on their income, parents will receive between 100 and 1,000 euros extra in 2017

Integration exam
May 26 '16 10:53

To date not a single immigrant who failed his integration exam had his residency permit revoked, the Ministry of Security and Justice confirmed to broadcaster NOS. But numerous fines of up to 1,250 euros were imposed.

Apr 26 '16 09:32

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

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Apr 15 '16 12:53

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

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Apr 5 '16 14:30

Government institutions need work more closely together when it comes to recovering outstanding debts from citizens. This should prevent an accumulation of debt claims increasing citizens' financial problems, State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Employment wrote to Parliament on Tuesday.

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Mar 23 '16 15:40

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.

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Mar 23 '16 11:36

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.

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Mar 11 '16 08:20

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

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Mar 1 '16 09:26

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."

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Feb 26 '16 07:35

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.

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Feb 18 '16 10:06

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.

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