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Dutch MP Geert Wilders
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Hilversum, Netherlands
Hilversum, Netherlands

Wilders makes half of Dutch Muslims want to emigrate

Published on : 29 June 2009 - 5:22pm | By Michael Blass
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More than half of the people with Turkish and Moroccan backgrounds in the Netherlands say they would consider leaving the country due to the growing popularity of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders. A third say they would definitely like to emigrate.

The figures emerge from a survey by research bureau Motivaction for public service broadcaster NCRV’s current affairs programme Netwerk. The programme commissioned the survey in response to the success of Mr Wilders' rightwing Freedom Party in the recent European parliamentary elections. Since March this year, leading pollster Maurice de Hond's has measured support for the populist Freedom Party at more than 30 percent, which would theoretically make it the largest party in the Dutch parliament if there were an election.

Although three quarters of the Turkish and Moroccan Dutch people questioned in the Motivaction survey said they felt at home in the Netherlands, 57 percent said they now felt less comfortable in the country due to the growing popularity of the Freedom Party. Two out of five said they felt they were now discriminated against more often, and almost a quarter said they regularly experienced discrimination. Nearly three quarters said they thought Mr Wilders had intensified negative feelings towards Muslims among the Dutch public.

Nearly twenty percent said they agreed with Mr Wilders on some points and could appreciate why people would vote for him. However, half of the respondents said the growing support for Mr Wilders made them feel angry and disappointed, and 22 percent said he aroused feelings of fear and hatred. Ninety per cent said they thought a Wilders government would be a fiasco, and only 4 percent thought he would be able to offer any solutions to the country's problems.

The survey asked respondents what they saw as the best strategy to counter Mr Wilders. Forty percent thought the best policy was simply to ignore the Freedom Party. Thirty-five percent favoured entering into debate with Mr Wilders and his supporters. Twenty five percent saw vociferous protest as the answer, and 11 percent wanted to see a Muslim political party established to represent their interests.

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The survey’s findings echo remarks by Turkish-born Rotterdam councillor Hamit Karakus in Monday’s de Volksrant newspaper. Mr Karakus says that although his children speak Dutch, understand Dutch culture and customs, and are well educated, they still feel they are not accepted in Dutch society. “They also wonder whether they have a future in this country,” he adds. The councillor says he believes the popularity of the Freedom Party is fuelling support for a small but growing minority of radical Muslims in the Netherlands.

Figures cited by the annual Emigration Fair, which provides information to would-be emigrants, put the findings of the Motivaction survey of Dutch Moroccans and Turks in perspective. According to the fair’s organisation, around 30 percent of the entire Dutch population say they are considering emigrating, for a wide range of reasons. However, only a tiny proportion of them ever actually take the plunge and move to another country.

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winnie the pooh 29 May 2011 - 3:10am

Mr Wilders: you are a gem.

winnie the pooh 29 May 2011 - 3:10am

Mr Wilders: you are a gem.

Johan Beekman 17 April 2011 - 7:01pm / The Netherlands

Bravo! Don't think I'll lose any sleep over that.

Anonymous 8 April 2011 - 6:46am / U.S.

I like Muslims in general, but I have a problem with those Muslims who call non-Muslims things like "Kaffir" or "Kuffar" for example. Those words are also offensive to black Africans in countries such as South Africa and Rhodesia, BTW.

I knew this Arab Muslim guy who was HYPERSENSITIVE if anyone said the slightest thing critical of Muslims or Arabs, yet he had no problem stereotyping or amking fun of Hindus, Jews, Christians, etc.

I think that people of whatever faith (Muslim, Christian, etc.) need to understand that it's up for God to judgre and sort out our religious differences. Anything else undermines and usurps God's rightful authority.

Infidel dog of the West 26 December 2010 - 9:10am / MTL Canada

Governments officials who let these people into civilized countries should be held accountable, it's borderline criminal negligence.

The mice that opened the door to the cats.

Anonymous 27 December 2010 - 1:29am / The Nederlands

the problem is exactly that nobody's held accountable, specially people from the government. They never have to pay for any mistake/negligence, what ever they decide the working class has to pay & deal with it until the end...

I'm Indonesian 18 July 2010 - 8:42pm / Indonesia

If you dutch really so eager to be minorities in your own country just go ahead keep appeasing islam, keep letting them in. you deserve what you want to be.

I'm Indonesian 18 July 2010 - 8:15pm / Indonesia

I'm an Indonesian, and i want to tell you there is something wrong with the religion Islam. Indonesia can be considered the most liberal of Islam country, yet about every ten years there will be riot that cost many non-muslim's live(we chinese specially targeted). It happens at my mother's time and it happens at my time(1998).

Have you ever have friend calling you at the last moment of her live, listen to her cries being trap in a burning house, asking for your help? will you ever forget that kind of moment?. I cant forget that moment and i cant forgive those who did that!

Martin Everette 4 April 2011 - 4:47am / United States

My friend, I feel your pain. I lost several very close friends in the world Trade center attacks, and like you, will never forget the horror. Fear not, the day will come that we will place these cave dwelling rats back to the stone age where they belong. What these animals fear most from the world is information. Information that will enlighten the Muslim women of the world that they are not slaves, or property to be bartered, beaten, or murdered when raped.

Anonymous 10 July 2010 - 1:57pm

im not a muslim,but i have realised that those with personal favours use subjects such as anti islam to gain their popularity and caputre their needs,since we all know that islam is a hot topic.

whats so bad about islam or any religion? islam has been in euorope for hundreds of years,is it worse than Nazi's of hitler? or facisism? there was islam and there were many muslims in europe during that era!
infact to be honest islam has contributed in the success of raising nations to their highest levels ,including nations such as the united states,,,,pls read some history

its so disappointing how people can still be ignorant

i would wish for everyone intrested in talking about sensative subject to understand more about the consecuences of discremenation and what they could lead to.

every religion sends a message of peace
some just dont understand their own religion as well

spread the love and respect,its the only thing that will make u happy and make our world a better place to live in

Dr Nizam 28 June 2010 - 8:07pm / India

Observing the allegations and propaganda war that is raised against Islam from some corners I remember an incident in the Mecca during the first few years of prophet’s preaching of Islam. Some of the upper class natives of Mecca during prophets time, who were staunchly against Islam feared that during the season of Hajj( the annual pilgrimage of Arabs to Mecca from the Abrahamic period and continued by Muslims worldwide)some of the pilgrims might happen to listen to prophet Mohammed and get attracted towards his ideology(Mr. wilders is absolutely right to call Islam an ideology, not just a religion, but he shamefully failed to see its potential that made Arabs of the medieval period the pioneers of most branches of science, philosophy, art and culture from whom Europe of dark ages got some light). So they initiated a propaganda war against Mohammed and Islam amongst the pilgrims. They warned the pilgrims who came to Mecca of a wicked man called Mohammed who had lived in Mecca and misled people to his new religion showing some kind of black magic.
Many people grew anxious about this mysterious man and they visited Mohammed. They immediately realized the truth in Mohammed’s words and accepted Islam. The attempts of pagan Meccans to thwart the spread of Islam actually played a very positive role and helped in big way in the growth of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula and outside.
We can observe an analogy of this incident in today’s world where misunderstandings are common due to ignorance of Islam among masses and the deliberate efforts of some people to malign it. Verily people are enemies of what they are ignorant of. The notoriety of terrorism that is attributed to that religion is increasing the gap between civilizations.
A politician like Mr. Wilders can easily convert the ignorance and misunderstanding of the population to vote bank. The politics of hatred is much easier to win than a politics based on a sound ideology, but only at the cost of a stable and healthy society (I believe that any other ideology that aims at a responsible society is Greeks to Mr. Wilders and his political ambitions are irresistible). The biggest advantage to leaders like him is that this kind of cheap politics doesn’t warrant much talent or qualities that his great predecessors of the western and eastern worlds possessed.
These same circumstances have led many people to learn about Islam throughout the world and realize its beauty and truth. Islam with its capability to build a strong society based on its sound ideology can contribute immensely towards a better world. Quran addresses the entire humanity and not just Arabs; it’s a message for the whole humanity. It answers the most vital questions asked by thinking minds about human life and its purpose. It strongly warns against wasting ones life for material enjoyment and gives good tidings of the great rewards in the hereafter for those who lead a virtuous life in this world paying heed to God’s commands. However it doesn’t negate the importance of worldly life and discourages celibacy. Its message is based on universal brotherhood and provides ideological base for human equality.

Anonymous 29 April 2010 - 6:47pm / Netherlands

More than half of the people with Turkish and Moroccan backgrounds in the Netherlands say they would consider leaving the country.

Let's hope so!

winnie the pooh 29 May 2011 - 3:08am


Krac 4 April 2010 - 4:25am / Australia

Europeans, please wake up!! Don't throw away your wonderful countries, culture and history to the big black hole without a soul. Your children SHOULD have the right to live as free like you have done. This is the most important period of history unfolding right now... and you are still sleepwalking through it. Please WAKE UP!

Bert Jansen 28 March 2010 - 4:45pm / the Netherlands

Of course: 50% of muslims are men. 50% are women. The men want to go because they want to dominate but the muslimwomen like to live in a democracy where they are treated kind and where they have possibiities to develop themselves and to have sexual relation ships with any man they prefer.

Go back to ISLAMistan, leave your women with us, develop yourself and you will be welcome in our democracy that is based on Jewish/christian culture and not on the KORAN that tells you to dominate the world. Sorry mate, ... no place for Dutch ISLAM. Don´t worry about your women, they will be treated kind; we Dutch know how to treat women, they will love it.

Bert Jansen 26 March 2010 - 7:45pm / The Netherlands

The problem in my country is that we make the difference between integration of people and integration of a violent ideologie "the Islam". We don`t want this evil book in our culture, if that is a problem, than I can understand that people want to leave the Netherlands. Maybe that is better than, because we will never accept a SHARIAH law. Want to look at my personal opinion why I vote PVV listen my Youtube video
with english subtitles.

We want that muslimwomen have the right on emancipation.

matt608 13 November 2009 - 3:51pm
So is it Muslims or those with Turkish or Moroccan backgrounds that want to leave? Not all Turks and Moraccanss are Muslims (obviously). "11 percent wanted to see a Muslim political party established to represent their interests." Great, so every religious group wants its own party, how about a party that treats people of all religious equally? It would save half the Dutch population from applying for a uk visa or whatever country they choose.
Anonymous 13 July 2009 - 12:13pm
De Hollandse regering vinden nu uit wat ze gedaan hebben door allerlij vreem delingen in Nederland te laten binnen stromen en niet denken wat de toekomst kan brengen Ik geef een voorbeeld,in Austelie was er veel last een kever die het graan aan taste,dus het inkomen van de boeren werd minder als dat er geschat was.Maar de Australien regering wist er een raad op zij brachten een soort kikker in die de torren erg graag lusten.Het ging goed voor een tijd, maar aan moment het is plaag hier want iedere vogel of dier die dat eet zoals katten en honden vergeet de vogels niet gaan dood want die kikkers zijn vergiftig,en ieder een weet hoeveel eieren een kikker legt.Dus met andere woorden denk good na in de toekomst wat er gedaan word.Verschil van geloof en de manier ze leven en ideen hebben.
Anonymous 13 July 2009 - 10:31am
Good, please emigrate
Anonymous 13 July 2009 - 3:39pm
I emigrated already! Glad I am not Mr. Wilder's neighbour! To hell with him!
Isa 13 July 2009 - 9:22am
Would be GREAT
Anonymous 13 July 2009 - 2:03am
Live and let live always! Otherwise you might get into trouble in this sad world.
Anonymous 13 July 2009 - 2:01am
There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly becomes any of us to talk about the rest of us.
Douglas W. Reynolds, Jr. 12 July 2009 - 4:22am
Could we start numbering the anonymice? I'm getting dizzy with the variety of swell ideas from the "same" source . . . .
anonymous 13 July 2009 - 5:24am
hahaha....the anon's association
Anonymous 12 July 2009 - 3:07am
Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money.
Anonymous 12 July 2009 - 2:14am
No nation and no person are fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation or religion.
Anonymous 12 July 2009 - 2:11am
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.Let's find out what everyone is doing. And then stop everyone from doing it.
Douglas W. Reynolds, Jr. 11 July 2009 - 7:20pm
Sandra, I would rather commit to study Islam for the remainder of my life than recommend a populist rabblerouser because I was too lazy to try to understand an entire world-wide culture. It's always easier to get in line behind a popular--and darkly handsome if you like that sort of thing--leader than to use the intelligence God gave most of us. But that doesn't make us right, and the consequences of lemming behavior can be dire for ourselves and our children and our grandchildren. And for humanity at large, for that matter.

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