Monday, January 23, 2006

The Dutch and Danes Lead The Way on Immigration Reform

The Dutch have again asserted their the primacy of their nation’s native customs and rule of law by passing a bill that requires immigrants to pass an “Integration Test” which requires among other things fluency in Dutch, Knowledge of the social and political structure of the Netherlands and its history.

Applicants will pay E 350 (about $430) for the privilege to take this exam at the Dutch consulate in their homeland.

The Danes also have taken a leadership role in reforming their welfare state and immigration laws. Under new rules implemented last year someone applying for Danish citizenship must have worked four of the last five years which by any reasonable standard is still incredibly lax.

These nations have decided to fight a rising tide of immigration which brings with it high unemployment (over 54% for immigrants and their children) and welfare dependency.

Notably Norway has now stated that only those with a job waiting may immigrate. The reason is startling:

Ekhaugen’s study shows that after 17 years in Norway refugees become less welfare dependent than non-western immigrants. 50% of the non-western immigrants who settled in Norway in the period from 1966 to 1975 were welfare dependent 25 years later. 60% of the group of refugees who arrived between 1992 and 1996 were still receiving welfare benefits 5 years later, while this was only the case for 36% of the non-western immigrants and 18% of the immigrants from western countries. After 8 years 55% of the fugitives was still receiving welfare subsidies. Of the foreigners who arrived between 1966 and 1985 40% was getting welfare payments after 20 years. For native Norwegians the figure is 27%, but because this group is on average older the difference with the immigrants is even greater than the figures indicate.

Let’s see if the rest of Europe’s nanny states (Germany, Italy and France) and the United Kingdom follow suit to reclaim the futures of their nations.

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