Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Housing Shortage in Netherlands: Dutch on Waiting List While Asylum-Seekers Get Priority

 Hat tip Ongehoord Nederland. Translation by Fousesquawk.

There is currently a severe housing shortage in the Netherlands. Compounding that problem is the fact that, thanks to the Dutch government, asylum-seekers get priority for housing while Dutch citizens have to sit for years on a waiting list for government-assisted housing.

The conservative news site, Ongehoord Nederland, has interviewed several Dutch politicians about this issue. In the above video, Ongehoord Nederland's director, Arnold Karskens, interviews two politicians. The first is Alexander Kops of the conservative PVV ( Party for Freedom, Geert Wilders' party). The second person interviewed is Sandra Beckerman of the Socialist Party. While both are critical of Prime Minister Mark Rutte's handling of the issue, Kops is concerned that housing priority should go to the Dutch before asylum-seekers, while Beckerman seems more concerned that asylum-seekers receive housing and wants to see more government handling of the problem rather than depending on the housing market.

We are working on a second Dutch interview of two other politicians by Ongehoord Nederland.

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