Central and Eastern Europe, the Netherlands

Immigration and national politics

You have probably heard about the website set up by the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) to collect complaints against Eastern Europeans (Poles, Bulgarians and Romanians in particular). The website has been widely condemned by the international community (including the EU citizens rights commissioner Viviane Reding)  but has also received tens of thousands of reactions from Dutch citizens, according to the PVV leader Geert Wilders.

One of the latest responses comes from Polish MEP Marek Siwiec who encourages readers of his blog to share their positive experiences with the Netherlands and the Dutch in the comments to his blogplot. 

P.S. My own thoughts on immigration, morality, and politics can be found at my personal blog here.

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One thought on “Immigration and national politics

  1. The European Ombudsman just opened a public consultation on Frontex and the EU’s charter of fundamental rights:

    “In 2009, the Charter of Fundamental Rights became legally binding on Frontex, which is based in Warsaw. Since then, a number of civil society organisations have questioned whether Frontex is doing enough to comply with the Charter, for example, in its deployment of EU border guards to Greece where migrant detainees were kept in detention centres under conditions which have been criticised by the European Court of Human Rights.”

    You can find more information here: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/press/release.faces/en/11765/html.bookmark

    Please help us spread the message to NGOs in the field of migration and human rights.

    Thanks very much in advance,

    Anne Christensen
    European Ombudsman office, Brussels

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