Moroccan Immigrants Most Unhappy in the Netherlands

According to a survey conducted by the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (http://www.ccme.org.ma/) that Moroccan immigrants to Europe are the least happy in the Netherlands. NRC reports that, according to the survey, “the relationship between society as a whole and second generation immigrants is ‘significantly more tense’” than in the other countries surveyed. Conducted in Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, the survey also indicated that in the Netherlands children are more likely than their parents to actively practice religion. The news follows a recent poll by NCRV television indicating that many Dutch Muslims may consider leaving the Netherlands due to the rise in support for politician Geert Wilders.

Many Muslims want to leave due to Wilders

The rise in support for anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders means many Dutch Muslims are considering emigrating, according to a poll for NCRV tv. While 75% of Dutch Muslims said they still feel at home in the Netherlands, 57% say they feel less welcome, the poll shows, according to the Telegraaf. And 51% are thinking more often about leaving. In addition, 75% feel they are judged more negatively since the rise of Wilders and four out of 10 say they are more often discriminated against.

Nevertheless, 18% say Wilders does make some good points, the Telegraaf says.

The Volkskrant carries an interview with Rotterdam city council executive Hamit Karakus who warns that well-educated young Muslims are increasingly asking themselves if they have a future in Holland.

‘My children don’t understand it,’ he told the paper. ‘You cannot say they do not speak Dutch, do not understand the habits and culture, and that they are not well-educated. But they still have the feeling that they are not accepted,’ he said. The rise of Wilders’ PVV party, which emerged as the biggest in Rotterdam after the European elections, means that a growing group of second and third generation immigrants do not feel welcome and a small but growing group are turning to radical Islam, he said.