Holland, Wilders' footprint: crackdown on migrants and international college students | EUROtoday

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The most right-wing Dutch authorities in latest a long time sheds its masks earlier than it’s even born, with the publication of the coalition program of the 4 center-right events who reached an settlement on Wednesday after virtually six months of negotiations. And the imprint of the PVV – Geert Wilders' populist and anti-Islam Party, winner of the November elections – is extra evident than ever.

In the 26 pages of this system, known as “Hope, courage and pride”, ten areas are touched upon, however probably the most detailed and destined to impress dialogue is one: immigration. Wilders' ambition to ascertain probably the most stringent guidelines ever on the fitting to asylum is such that, in its programme, the coalition said that it needed to ask the European Commission for a derogation (opt-out, in group parlance) on migration insurance policies. His request is not going to be simply granted, contemplating that the EU has simply accredited the brand new Pact on Migration (with the Dutch sure) and that, historically, exemptions are requested throughout negotiations on adjustments to the treaties.

Holland to the Dutch

In element, the deliberate crackdown considerations initially asylum seekers, with intensified border controls, shortened and extra inflexible admission procedures, speedy expulsion of migrants who’ve already been denied asylum out of the country, and even pressured deportations ; moreover, for admitted refugees, limits on household reunification and no precedence for the granting of public housing.

This plan, Wilders commented, will make the Netherlands much less engaging to asylum seekers, “people in Africa and the Middle East will start to think that they could be better off elsewhere.” «We might be pleased with this lovely Netherlands once more – he added -. The Netherlands will likely be ours once more.”

However, the restriction also extends to foreign workers and students, especially non-EU ones. The four parties write that “extra necessities” and “controls” will be introduced for non-EU workers without specific knowledge or skills, who will have to obtain a work permit. Migration for study purposes will then be limited, with the introduction of “extra programs in Dutch”, a cap on international college students and a rise in college charges for non-EU college students.