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21/1 Merge districts

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20/1 Cleaners welcome new Schiphol director

18/1 Palestine at the Jewish Historical Museum

18/1 What is the right size for a district?

17/1 PvdA Oost against fewer districts

16/1 Committee: 7 districts by 2010

15/1 Soldiers may attend Afghanistan debate after all

15/1 Bait bike leads to arrest

14/1 Youth for Christ to republish vacancies

13/1 Paintings of the Zuidas

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11/1 Social cohesion initiative raises eyebrows

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10/1 Zuidas: People feel that we are losers

9/1 Fun on the ice - but not for all

9/1 Supermarket coupon fraud thwarted

9/1 I Amsterdam must remain exclusive

8/1 Use term Apartheid in every discussion

8/1 No city kiosk in Amsterdam yet

7/1 Snow

7/1 Fatima Elatik to run Zeeburg

7/1 Municipal managers to return to shop floor

4/1 Police: take photo of strange people

3/1 Gaza protest criticises politicians

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Last chance: free language courses

28 July 2006 – Various districts urge their residents to register for free Dutch language courses. In Slotervaart, this has yielded more than sixty participants so far. Next year, a stricter Integration Act will apply.

In De Baarsjes, Alderman Godfried Lambriex recently presented certificates to residents who have successfully followed a course during the past year. The alderman calls on them to inform people they know about the possibility to follow a language course.

“You may be proud that you have finished your course”, the alderman said. “Tell other people about your success and encourage them to do the same. Command of the Dutch language is indispensable if you for example want to discuss your children at school, practice with your children or find a job”.

Zeeburg calls on residents to register for language courses as well. Merel Werner says that especially women are interested to learn the Dutch language. “It regards people from twenty to seventy years old”.

Earlier this month, a new Integration Act was sent to the Senate. More people will be obliged to follow language courses. Some participants will have to pay the cost of the course, which can be as much as a couple thousand euros, themselves. Participants may be fined if they fail the exam at the end of the course.


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