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DemExpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-03 03:40 AM
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15. But AP....campaigns here are nothing like in the States....
no huge media blitzes etc....just a few posters around town is about it. Perhaps one series of state-paid debates right before elections.

People voted in a Center-Right government because they were most disastisifed with 8 years of Labor.....and getting more worried about the influx of Muslim immigrants who do seem more unwilling to assimilate as well as other groups.
(But because of the economy and this government's cutbacks, polls show that people would now vote to get labor back......fickle, these Dutchmen! :-))

Right wing parties might have latched onto this issue, but I think Imajika's view of the situation is right on the mark.

Add to this the population density of this country compared to others....the many social problems are difficult to ignore.

Since they are the most visible group here (with women's head covers), the fastest growing group as well.....through immigration, family unifying policies, and birthrates, the Dutch are not too pleased.

Perhaps because most Muslims here come from very conservative villages (farmers) they are more reluctant to assimilate in the super-modern/super liberal society here, but the contrast is enormous, and the Dutch do not want their civil liberties, principles of law and order, and very liberal social policies weakened by extreme conservative ones, many based on Islamic laws.

They are suspicious about where this could lead to in future - being a democracy.


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