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MPs back participation declaration to uphold Dutch values
MPs on Thursday voted in favour of requiring everyone who has to go through the compulsory integration process (inburgering) to sign a document declaring they will uphold Dutch values.
The participatieverklaring – participation declaration – includes a commitment to 'respect' values, such as freedom of speech, and 'make an active contribution to Dutch society'.
The measure still has to be approved by the upper house of parliament. Once it has senate approval, social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher plans to make signing the contract compulsory from July 1. People who refuse to sign can be fined up to €340 and, eventually, refused residency rights.
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