Thursday, December 11, 2014

Many Tensions in Dutch Society

The Social and Cultural Planning Bureau has polled 3,000 Dutchmen.  60% of those polled see tensions between Autochtonuos (native) Dutchmen and those of immigrant origins. Many see tensions between religious groups, between the poor and the rich, and between workers and employers.  Two-thirds of the Dutch think that the Netherlands is moving in the wrong direction.  Of these people, 85% blame the country’s elite, politicians, managers and the economically powerful. These elite are seen as serving their own interests and are perceived as not having any contact with the ordinary citizens nor with their concerns.

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