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Despite crisis, more tolerance toward immigrants and Muslim citizens

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Contrary to the 2008 “Racism and Extremism Monitor” in the Netherlands which observed a hightening negative climate towards Muslims (see my post here), the latest quarterly survey by the Social Cultural Planing Office has revealed a changing attitude of the Dutch towards immigrants.

Over the last 3 months, the amount of people stating that the Netherlends would be better off if it had fewer immigrants sunk from 41 to 35%. The number of people who see a presence of different cultures as an asset increased  from 36 to 44%.

At the same time, a student initiative made headlines that handed out 5,000 headscarfs in orange, the Dutch national colour, for the Queen’s Day celebrations on April 30. Their goal was “to allow Muslim women to express loyalty to their faith as well as to the queen.

Source: Radio Netherlands [1] [2], via Crossroads.

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  1. Hey Henrik!
    How are you?
    Did you know that this ‘tolerance’ epidemic is spreading to Australia too?
    (See my post http://apossieinaussie.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/australians-turn-away-from-bull-about-boatpeople/)
    Did we all have too much right wing extremism and now we are taking a rest, or is it a virus???

    nayano

    May 4, 2009 at 4:06 am

  2. […] Henrik at Eclectic Grounds reports that the latest quarterly survey in the Netherlands has revealed that, over the last 3 months, the amount of people stating that the Netherlands would be better off if it had fewer immigrants has sunk from 41 to 35%, and the percentage of people who see a presence of different cultures as an asset increased from 36 to 44%. Despite crisis, more tolerance toward immigrants and Muslim citizens […]


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