Migration and immigration are high on any nation’s agenda but have particular resonance in Europe in light of recent events. The new edition of this book has been fully updated in this respect and explores: • Immigration policy in individual EU nations • The treatment of migrants, including immigrant policies • The development and effects of the Shengen agreement • The movement towards common EU policies. It looks specifically at the contexts of Britain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey as well as a examining the changing nature of migration dynamics in central and Eastern Europe. This book is a significant and timely analysis suitable for students of migration at any level.
Chapter 5: The Netherlands: Beyond Multiculturalism?
Rhimou Chakroun moved to the Netherlands from Morocco in 1970. Similar to many supposedly temporary labour migrants, Mr Chakroun ended up staying permanently. He experienced the multicultural era of the 1980s and its distinct approach to integration as well as the effects on policy since the 2000s of populist and anti-immigration political parties. In 2006, Mr Chakroun applied for a residence permit for his wife of 34 years. The Dutch authorities refused to grant this permit as Mr Chakroun had been unemployed in 2005 and fell foul of a new rule that meant that his welfare benefits did not amount to the 120 per cent of the national minimum wage threshold that was necessary for him to ...