In September, Spain and the International Organization of Migration (IOM) launched a massive campaign to broadcast the life-threatening risks and dangers of making the trip to reach Europe, hoping to dissuade would-be illegal immigration. Many Senagelese view the campaign with skepticism, citing the campaign as futile – people leave because they have no other choice, and taking the risk is often a last resort with no other life opportunities.
The number of MPs for the anti-immigration party PVV led by Geert Wilders would double to 18 if elections were held today, according to the latest internet poll by Maurice de Hond. The poll gives the PVV one more parliamentary seat than a week ago before Wilders’ call for a ban on the Koran was published in the Volkskrant. A Maurice de Hond poll last Thursday, a day after the letter was published, indicated that 75% of the population are against banning the Koran and 19% support the call. It also emerged at the weekend that Wilders’ letter was originally offered to NRC Handelsblad which refused to publish it because of its _offensive tone’ and lack of argumentation.