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Belgium: Moroccans upset at immigrant 'starter kit'
Islam in Europe
The Moroccan community is upset at Flemish Minister Geert Bourgeois. "In his new 'starter kit' for migrants he portrays Moroccans as stupid beasts," says actor Noureddine Farihi. "The brochure and accompanying video are patronizing and full of prejudices." Bourgeois says it's unjustified criticism. "The majority of them happen to be very ignorant of our norms and values."
"It is forbidden to hurt someone mentally or physically, including your partner or children." That is just one of the many remarkable - and for Moroccans, offensive - sentences from the new 'Starterskit Migrating to Flanders'.
Flemish Minister of Integration Geert Bourgeois (N-VA), flew to Casablanca specially this week in order to hand out the first copies. At the local press conference there was a lot of criticism from local journalists. But the Moroccan community in Flanders are also critical. "I read the brochure and watched the video," says Noureddine Farihi. "Geert Bourgeois apparently thinks that Moroccans live on another planet. One that is far, far from the sun. It's sad."
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