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Turks exempt from Dutch integration courses
1.       si++
3785 posts
 18 Aug 2011 Thu 09:28 pm

The Netherlands cannot require Turkish immigrants with residence permits to follow integration courses. The ruling by the Utrecht Court of Appeals was announced on Tuesday.

Last year, judges from Roermond and Rotterdam ruled in three different cases that imposing integration courses on Turkish residents of the Netherlands is in violation of agreements between Turkey and the European Union. The appeals court has now upheld these rulings.

In 2007, the Netherlands instituted the Civic Integration Act stipulating that everyone who emigrates to the Netherlands, including people from Turkey, must successfully complete integration courses. However, this is in conflict with an EU treaty stating that member states cannot make new laws that restrict the rights granted to Turks. It also says there must be no discrimination between Turkish and EU citizens.

Tuesday’s ruling cannot be appealed against, as it comes from the highest judicial body in the Netherlands. However, the decision will not affect Dutch law regarding integration, said a court spokesperson. Turks will not be obliged to take the courses, but they may still choose to enrol. 

Geert Wilders’s anti-Islam PVV party called the ruling bizarre. The party has called on Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner to take measures to ensure that Turks become naturalised citizens. 

In a statement released Tuesday, Minister Donner agreed to look into the issue. The cabinet has also announced a commitment to adjusting the treaty between Turkey and the EU. To do that, the Netherlands will need to gain support from other member states.

 

Source: here

2.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 18 Aug 2011 Thu 11:13 pm

I think the integration course needs to be changed, but that everybody, even EU citizens should pass it. It´s very usefull to learn something about Dutch rules and regulations, Dutch culture and the basic of the Dutch language if you live in Holland.

3.       si++
3785 posts
 19 Aug 2011 Fri 09:32 am

 

Quoting barba_mama

I think the integration course needs to be changed, but that everybody, even EU citizens should pass it. It´s very usefull to learn something about Dutch rules and regulations, Dutch culture and the basic of the Dutch language if you live in Holland.

 

Yes sure!

The thing is that "Turks will not be obliged to take the courses, but they may still choose to enrol."

4.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 19 Aug 2011 Fri 10:27 pm

 

Quoting si++

 

 

Yes sure!

The thing is that "Turks will not be obliged to take the courses, but they may still choose to enrol."

 

Hm... I don´t think that will happen The last time I took the final test of that course I barely passed! They need to reform the course, that way nobody will complain about it and there wouldn´t have even been a courtcase demanding that Turkish people don´t need to take it.

 

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