Dutch Immigration Minister Calls to Eliminate Term ‘Allochtoon’

31 January 2012

 

Immigration minister Geerd Leers has called for elimination of the term allochtoon, a designation connoting “non-native” and widely  \applied in popular use to describe non-western immigrants (particularly from Turkey and Morocco) and their children, up to third generation. Leers commented in a magazine interview, “I want people born in the Netherlands to be called Dutch, plain and simple… I can understand why people who give themselves 100% to society ask themselves why they are being dismissed in such a derogatory way.” Telegraaf reports that Leers’ position is notable, contrasting that of the PVV party in alliance with the minority cabinet, which aims to broaden the scope of the term.