- Category: News
- Created on Thursday, 09 February 2012 21:07
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
The site, Meldpunt Midden en Oost-Europeanen, blames immigrants from the new EU countries for rising crime, squeezing the jobs market and ‘integration and housing problems’.
The National Ombudsman has been sharply critical of the initiative, but told the ambassador, Janusz Stanczyk, he is unable to act because it is the work of a political party rather than the government.
Alex Brenninkmeijer said that if the ministry of social affairs set up a similar scheme, he would judge it to be discrimination.
The PVV claims its site has been a “roaring success” and said it had received 14,000 complaints in the first day - though that figure is certainly distorted by the fact that some opponents of the PVV have urged people to send in protest messages.
The site asks: “Are Central and Eastern Europeans causing you trouble? Have you lost your job to a Pole, Bulgarian, Romanian or other Central or Eastern European? We want to hear about it.”
Business leaders’ organisation the VNO-NCW said the PVV’s website was irresponsible, pointing out that many Eastern Europeans worked hard and contributed to the Dutch economy.
Its chairman Bernard Wientjes said: “Of course some of them drink too much, but go and take a look inside a football stadium at the weekend.”