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Mayor wants opportunities for the poor

2 January 2006 – Amsterdam is ‘one of the most dynamic cities in the world’. However, the city must offer opportunities to people with low incomes and to people who are being excluded because of their religion. This was mayor Job Cohen’s message for the city in his new year’s speech.

During the dark days around christmas, poverty in our own country was a popular theme. The only dissenter was minister Gerrit Zalm, who said that things are not all that bad. A lot of attention was paid to the growing popularity of food banks, an indication that social security as a right is slowly being replaced by charity.

Cohen ignored the food banks and argued for a dynamic approach to poverty. “As a society, we must ensure that poverty is something temporary, a phase that you can grow out of on your own, and with the help of society.

The mayor further expressed his concern for the fact that a growing number of Muslims does not feel at home in this society, even if they have a good education. This entails the risk of radicalisation.

According to Cohen, the solution must be work and education. Young people must be encouraged to obtain a good diploma. It is also important to “make it clear to them that they are the hope for our future”.

New jobs will be created when the municipality will commission glass fibre connections in order to provide Amsterdam households with faster internet. At the moment, some of the unemployed are being trained for jobs with cable companies.

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