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Dutch Immigrants Must Watch Racy Film

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Dutch Immigrants Must Watch Racy Film

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Mar. 15, 2006
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(AP)



(AP) The camera focuses on two gay men kissing in a park. Later, a topless woman emerges from the sea and walks onto a crowded beach. For would-be immigrants to the Netherlands, this film is a test of their readiness to participate in the liberal Dutch culture.

If they can't stomach it, no need to apply.

Despite whether they find the film offensive, applicants must buy a copy and watch it if they hope to pass the Netherlands' new entrance examination.

The test _ the first of its kind in the world _ became compulsory Wednesday, and was made available at 138 Dutch embassies.

Taking the exam costs $420. The price for a preparation package that includes the film, a CD ROM and a picture album of famous Dutch people is $75.

"As of today, immigrants wishing to settle in the Netherlands for, in particular, the purposes of marrying or forming a relationship will be required to take the civic integration examination abroad," the Immigration Ministry said in a statement.

The test is part of a broader crackdown on immigration that has been gathering momentum in the Netherlands since 2001.

Anti-immigration sentiment peaked with filmmaker Theo van Gogh's murder by a Dutch national of Moroccan descent in November 2004.

Both praise and scorn have been poured on Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, the architect of the new test and other policies that have reduced immigration by at least a third.

"If you pass, you're more than welcome," Verdonk said. "It is in the interest of Dutch society and those concerned."

Not everyone is happy with the new test.

"Today is a black day for the people intending to bring their partners to Holland," said Buitenlandse Partner, a lobbying group for mixed Dutch/immigrant couples.

Dutch theologian Karel Steenbrink criticized the 105-minute movie, saying it would be offensive to some Muslims.

"It is not a prudent way of welcoming people to the Netherlands," said Steenbrink, a professor at the University of Utrecht. "Minister Verdonk has radical ideas."

But Mohammed Sini, the chairman of Islam and Citizenship, a national Muslim organization, defended the film, saying that homosexuality is "a reality."

Sini urged all immigrants "to embrace modernity."

A censored version with no homosexual and nude material had been prepared because it is illegal to show such images in Iran and some other countries, filmmaker Walter Goverde said.

"With all the respect I have for all religions, I think people need to understand that Holland has its own liberal side as well," he said.

After viewing the film, which is available in most languages, applicants are then quizzed on important Dutch factoids such as the number of provinces that make up the Netherlands; the role played by William of Orange in the country's history; and Queen Beatrix's monarchial functions.

There are some major exemptions. EU nationals, asylum-seekers and skilled workers who earn more than $54,000 per year will not be required to take the 30-minute computerized exam.

Also, citizens of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and Switzerland are exempt.

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Ditto Much said:
I fucking love the Dutch. Who else can mangae to get videos of topless women into there imigration classes.
I hear you also have to be able differentiate between White Widow, Silver Haze, Purple Haze, Orange Blossom & the GreenHouse Special in a blindfolded smell test.
 

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My lord why did I ever agree to giving up my Dutch citizenship. Let this be a lesson to all of you, don't get caught for not appearing for manditory conscription.
 
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Given Netherland's rapidly shrinking population, and therefore how reliant they are on the immigrant worker, I wonder how long this 'liberal culture' can maintain its outright attack on the social mores which most of the world's people subscribe.
 

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Colm said:
Given Netherland's rapidly shrinking population, and therefore how reliant they are on the immigrant worker, I wonder how long this 'liberal culture' can maintain its outright attack on the social mores which most of the world's people subscribe.

The Netherlands isn't a heavy labour capital place. In recent years they have infact shortened the work week from 5 days to 4 days in most industries. As well the Netherlands will always have a solid labour pool to draw upon from within its own former colonies in which citizenship is still offered.

However this really isn't a matter of preventing unskilled manual labour from entering. This is targeted to those who chose to imigrate and join permenately. If you want to join a progressive liberal society than they are going to be honest and make sure you know what that means. The gay issue and the rights of women have already been debated and if they don't fit within your religous beliefs or your personal beliefs you need to realize that society isn't going to change to reflect your beliefs.

Personally i like the idea! I think its honest and its also forcing people to realize that although multicultural in nature there are social traditions that apply regardless of any specifc culture.
 

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The Netherlands isn't a heavy labour capital place. In recent years they have infact shortened the work week from 5 days to 4 days in most industries. As well the Netherlands will always have a solid labour pool to draw upon from within its own former colonies in which citizenship is still offered.

However this really isn't a matter of preventing unskilled manual labour from entering.
I meant immigration in general.
 
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