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What Is The Dutch Integration Model, And Has It Failed?

What Is The Dutch Integration Model, And Has It Failed?

The murder of the well-known Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh in November 2004 sparked off a lively debate across Europe on the apparent failure of the Dutch multicultural approach to integration. For many years, the Netherlands had appeared to offer an example of good practice for the integration of immigrants. This policy brief analyses what characterised the Dutch approach, why it was seen as a model for other countries, and what events led to growing critique of the Dutch concept. It goes on to describe how this shift in the debate has influenced recent developments in integration policy in the Netherlands and Germany. (Published 4/2005)