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Country Information Sheet Netherlands

Ministry with overall responsibility

As of 5 November 2012 overall responsibility for integration has moved from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations [L Dutch] / [L English] to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment [L Dutch] / [L English]

Other Ministries involved

For integration abroad the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment cooperates closely with:

For subjects such as sport, education, culture, healthcare, employment and a number of other integration related matters, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment cooperates closely with other ministries such as :

Policy papers or programmes

  • Integration Agenda (Letter to Parliament 19 February 2013) [D Dutch]
  • Progress report on prevention of discrimination 2012 - December 2012 [D Dutch]
  • Manual for local communities: Living together reduces differences - November 2012 [D Dutch]
  • National programme on prevention of forced marriages - July 2012 [D Dutch]
  • Family Migration Letter [D Multilingual]
  • Q&As Civic Integration Abroad Act (WIB)
    [D English]
  • Facts and Figures on Integration 2012
    [D Dutch]

Key legislation

  • Civic Integration Act
    [D Dutch]
  • Amendments to Civic Integration Act (in force from January 2013) [D Dutch]
  • Civic Integration Abroad Act  (WIB) 
    [L Dutch]
  • Aliens Act
    [L Dutch]
  • Equal Treatment Act [D Dutch]

Funding opportunities

See the Web Site's national funding page:

Impact assessments, reports and evaluations

  • Perceived discrimination in the Netherlands [D English]
  • Closer to each other? The social cultural integration on non-western migrants in the Netherlands by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research [D Multilingual]
  • Evaluation on the law on local anti-discrimination provisions - October 2012 [D Dutch]
  • Evaluation of the Civic Integration Act Abroad [D Multilingual]
  • Evaluation of Civic Integration Act [D Multilingual]
  • Integration Report 2013 [D Dutch]
  • Integration Report 2012 [D Dutch]
  • Integration Report 2011 [D Dutch]
  • Integration Report 2010 [D Dutch]
  • Integration Report 2010 (summary) [D English]
  • Integration Report 2009 (At Home in the Netherlands: Trends in Integration of Non-Western Migrants) [D Dutch]
  • At a disadvantage: Discrimination agains non-western migrants on the Dutch labour market [D Dutch]
  • Racism, extreme right violence and discrimination in the Netherlands 2010 – 2011 [D Dutch]
  • Action Plan Discrimination 2010 [D English

Research and statistical agencies

Agencies implementing integration programmes

  • Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO) / Institute for the Implementation of Education [L Dutch]

Key stakeholders

The Dutch government cooperates with shifting coalitions and partnerships in relation to the integration issues at stake.

  • FORUM Instituut voor Multiculturele Vraagstukken /Institute for Multicultural Affairs 
    [L Multilingual]
  • Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten / Association of Dutch Municipalities
    [L Multilingual]
  • WRR Wetenschappelijke raad voor het regeringsbeleid / Scientific Council for Government Policy
    [L Dutch] / [L English]
  • RMO Raad voor Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling/ Council for social development
    [L Dutch]
  • Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs (ACVZ)
    [L Dutch] / [L English]
  • Inspraakorgaan Turken in Nederland / Consultative Body for Turks in  the Netherlands
    [L Dutch]
  • Samenwerkingsverband van Marokkanen in Nederland / Cooperation Association of Moroccans in the Netherlands
    [L Dutch]
  • Inspraakorgaan chinezen/Consultative body Chinese community
    [L Multilingual]
  • Overlegorgaan Caribische Nederlanders/Consultative body Caribbean Dutch people
  • [L Dutch]
  • Vluchtelingenorganisaties Nederland/Refugee organisations of the Netherlands
  • [L Multilingual]
  • Surinaams Inspraakorgaan/Consultative body Suriname
    [L Dutch]
  • BUAT, platform voor Molukkers/Platform organisation for Moluccans
    [L Dutch]
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