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Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Wilders' Popularity Makes Muslims Want To Emigrate From The Netherlands

They're not actually emigrating, just considering it, according to a poll. Radio Netherlands:

More than half of the people with Turkish and Moroccan backgrounds in the Netherlands say they would consider leaving the country due to the growing popularity of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders. A third say they would definitely like to emigrate.

The figures emerge from a survey by research bureau Motivaction for public service broadcaster NCRV’s current affairs programme Network. The programme commissioned the survey in response to the success of Mr Wilders' rightwing Freedom Party in the recent European parliamentary elections. Since March this year, leading pollster Maurice de Hond's has measured support for the populist Freedom Party at more than 30 percent, which would theoretically make it the largest party in the Dutch parliament if there were an election.
Although three quarters of the Turkish and Moroccan Dutch people questioned in the Motivaction survey said they felt at home in the Netherlands, 57 percent said they now felt less comfortable in the country due to the growing popularity of the Freedom Party. Two out of five said they felt they were now discriminated against more often, and almost a quarter said they regularly experienced discrimination. Nearly three quarters said they thought Mr Wilders had intensified negative feelings towards Muslims among the Dutch public.
Nearly twenty percent said they agreed with Mr Wilders on some points and could appreciate why people would vote for him. However, half of the respondents said the growing support for Mr Wilders made them feel angry and disappointed, and 22 percent said he aroused feelings of fear and hatred. Ninety per cent said they thought a Wilders government would be a fiasco, and only 4 percent thought he would be able to offer any solutions to the country's problems.
The survey asked respondents what they saw as the best strategy to counter Mr Wilders. Forty percent thought the best policy was simply to ignore the Freedom Party. Thirty-five percent favoured entering into debate with Mr Wilders and his supporters. Twenty five percent saw vociferous protest as the answer, and 11 percent wanted to see a Muslim political party established to represent their interests.
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The survey’s findings echo remarks by Turkish-born Rotterdam councillor Hamit Karakus in Monday’s de Volksrant newspaper. Mr Karakus says that although his children speak Dutch, understand Dutch culture and customs, and are well educated, they still feel they are not accepted in Dutch society. “They also wonder whether they have a future in this country,” he adds. The councillor says he believes the popularity of the Freedom Party is fuelling support for a small but growing minority of radical Muslims in the Netherlands.

Notice how the "poor us, we're so victimized" line is coupled with a veiled threat. The next terror attack will be all your fault because you're making us become radical by resisting Islam.

Figures cited by the annual Emigration Fair, which provides information to would-be emigrants, put the findings of the Motivaction survey of Dutch Moroccans and Turks people in perspective. According to the fair’s organisation, around 30 percent of the entire Dutch population say they are considering emigrating, for a wide range of reasons. However, only a tiny proportion of them ever actually take the plunge and move to another country.

Posted on 06/30/2009 8:19 AM by Rebecca Bynum
30 Jun 2009

Hmmm.  This is interesting. It suggests that it might be easier to get them out of Europe, than people may have supposed.  All it will take, perhaps, is for one or two countries, to begin with, to muster sufficient resolution, at every level, in resisting the sharia-pushers and implacably enforcing non-Muslim laws and customs.  It is just possible that, like all puffed-up arrogant bullies, the Ummah will fold and bolt if faced by determined and focused resistance.  (Example: the mass flight, from the Jewish-controlled regions of eretz Israel, of the local Arab Muslims, and local Arab Christians too scared to not do what the Muslims were doing, in 1947-49).

Let us hope that Mr Wilders and his team become more and more popular among non-Muslim Dutch citizens and that this begins to translate into significant political clout, 'on the ground'.  We may see Muslims packing up and flitting...and I very much doubt that the Dutch will be sorry to see them go.