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‘Problems Southern Europeans underestimated’

23 September 2007 - Organisations of Southern Europeans should help to advertise underused financial support for people with low incomes among their members, alderwoman Hennah Buyne said yesterday.

Buyne spoke at the presentation of a report on organisations of Southern Europeans and Latin Americans in Amsterdam. Amsterdam abolished Southern Europeans as a target group of municipal policies, because there would not have been any socio-economic problems among this group for ‘quite some time now’.

Organisations of Southern Europeans object that their socio-economic situation is comparable to that of the Surinamese, who are still a target group of municipal policies. Especially problems among the elderly would be underestimated.

According to the report presented yesterday, many organisations of Southern Europeans have amateur football teams. The average organisation has three active volunteers, mostly elderly people.

The report calls on the municipality to strengthen the role of ZEG, the umbrella organisation of organisations of Southern Europeans in Amsterdam and one of the initiators of the report. Its current funding would be inadequate to meet the demands made on the organisation.

ZEG made headlines in 2005 when its then chairman J. Bonacic sent a letter to the municipality urging for tough measures against Muslims and the unemployed. The rest of the ZEG-board distanced itself from the letter and from its chairman.

Photo: Os Lusitanos football team (from Os Lusitanos website). The report will be available from the LIZE website tomorrow. Southern Europeans no longer target group; ZEG on Muslims (all in Dutch)


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