Part of the Dutch integration package now includes a loyalty pledge. (If you listened to the Dutch News Podcast this week, you probably have a sense of how I feel about this. Or read the title of this post.) 1. There is zero evidence loyalty pledges work. Ask Trump how that worked out for him. … [Read more…]
Dutch television today reflects the legacy of its relatively short history. Strong government support for broadcasting created an audience for serious programmes, but the famous Dutch tolerance has also led to a roaster of weird reality TV. Read the rest of the article here.
I had a conversation with a woman five years ago, just after arriving in the Netherlands, in which she told me that the country had a way of sucking you in. I laughed it off, knowing my plan was only to stay for 18 months. Read the rest of the article.
I was honestly terrified that as I sat down to write the third piece in this series, I would have to confess that I had failed the inburgeren examen. In fact, if you’d talked to me after I’d written the last piece I would have told you I was considering taking up residency in any country … [Read more…]
There is a widely held assumption that “inburgeren” translates into “integration.” It doesn’t. It actually means “naturalisation.” And while the concepts may seem similar, there are deep differences. The goal of integration is to bring different parts together into a whole whereas naturalisation aims to confer upon people from outside of a group the knowledge … [Read more…]