Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Why do Muslims feel unwelcome in the Netherlands?

Sadik Harchaoui, director of the multicultural institute Forum says in the article "suddenly Wilders isn't so funny anymore" in NRC:
"It is an overstatement to say that Wilders is responsible for Muslims feeling unwelcome in the Netherlands."
He thinks the mood was set on September 11, 2001:
"Muslims have been living under a magnifying glass ever since. It doesn't matter how well integrated they are, it will be never be enough. The Netherlands has become a lot less attractive for Muslims."

"If you look at the future, at the ageing population, at the increasing urbanisation, it is clear that we are going to need the people who are now in school. If you chase them away, we will be left with only the less-educated immigrants."
Harchaoui believes the discomfort doesn't come from Wilders alone, but increasingly from the other, mainstream parties:
"If the other parties stood up for Muslims, we would have whole a different atmosphere in the Netherlands now."
Umar Mirza, currently studying 'System Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management' at Technical University Delft, & 'People and Society' at Erasmus University of Rotterdam,He's the founder and head of editing board of Wijblijvenhier.nl (we stay here, a Dutch Muslim blog):
"I don't feel represented in Dutch politics. The other politicians are too shy. If it's okay for Wilders to talk like he does, well then the others should do the same." Gounou: "Occasionally someone will stick his neck out, but it is not convincing enough. Wilders can get a lot more radical still; it's time to take up the challenge."

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