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New integration courses introduced rashly

30 May 2007 - The new Integration Act has been introduced rashly, a study of the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation (FNV) revealed. In Amsterdam, 1741 students are in the dark about the continuation of their courses.

Today, the FNV presented a quick scan on the implementation of the new Integration Act, carried out among over forty municipalities. “The study shows that the Integration Act has been implemented rashly and that municipalities find it very difficult to make the necessary arrangements in time”, said Mustapha Laboui, leader of the ethnic minorities programme of the FNV (photo).

“This also causes a lot of uncertainty for those who have to integrate. In addition, there is concern that the way in which courses are contracted will negatively affect their quality”.

Local groups of FNV volunteers will approach municipalities to discuss the quality and accessibility of the integration courses.

Last week, Willem Paquay (SP) asked questions about 1741 students of the ROC of Amsterdam, who are in the dark about the continuation of their courses. Because of the obligation for municipalities to contract out integration programmes, it is unclear whether the ROC may still offer the courses.

Earlier, the Foreign Partner Association (SBP) also received complaints about uncertainty over integration courses.



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