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Emancipation machine falters

4 December 2006 – The Amsterdam emancipation machine falters. However, Amsterdammers have become slightly richer during the past years, partly as a result of Minister Rita Verdonk’s strict migration policies. This appears from data published by Statistics Netherlands today.

During the past years, immigration has dropped considerably, while emigration increased. In 2001, international migration on balance resulted in almost six thousand new Amsterdammers; last year, on balance two thousand left the city. Meanwhile, the number of rich residents that move to cities such as Almere has dropped.

Last year, the now Alderman Maarten van Poelgeest (Green Party) and his fellow party member and Member of the Senate Leo Platvoet (photo) published a book praising Amsterdam as an “emancipation machine that absorbs fortune seekers and produces people who have made it”.

The authors find that the city must promote social mobility rather than forcedly trying to hold on to the middle class. They also argue for an open attitude towards immigrants, the ‘life blood’ of the city.

This vision of Amsterdam as an emancipation machine was embraced by Mayor Job Cohen in his New Year’s speech, and formally it is also part of the political programme of the city administration. Political support is limited though, because most parties want to do all they can to hold on to the middle class.

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