Annual report on integration by The Netherlands Institute for Social Research

The annual report on integration from the Netherlands’ Institute for Social Research (Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau) was released in December 2009.

This report is designed to track the trends in immigration in the country, providing demographic information and statistics. The Netherlands’ Moroccan and Turkish populations, and particularly their second-generations, feature prominently in the report, followed by populations of Surinamese, Somalian, and Chinese background.

The report provides information on language, living conditions, employment, criminality, and social/cultural status among the country’s many diverse immigrant communities. Special chapters address the position of women, and of youth from non-western backgrounds.

Report:

http://www.vrom.nl/Docs/Jaarrapport%20Integratie%202009.pdf

Homepage Netherlands Institute for Social Research:

www.scp.nl/english

Amsterdam theatre group promotes multiculturalism

Radio Netherlands Worldwide this week features a story on Jong Rast, a theatre project aimed at integrating youth in the multicultural Amsterdam West neighborhood.

The project holds auditions and recruits students from 15-24 years old from local schools, with the goal of finding “promising young actors from various cultural backgrounds who can relay their own experiences from different perspectives.” Sufyen, a participant in the program explains, “Everyone here has one passion: acting. We don’t care if people are black or white, what kind of clothes they wear or if a girl does or does not wear a headscarf.”