Netherlands to make integration courses mandatory for Turkish citizens

The Dutch government is set to introduce compulsory integration courses for Turkish nationals moving to the Netherlands from January 2021, the Dutch News website said on Wednesday.

The exemption of Turkish nationals from the courses in force since 2011 will end with new integration legislation that comes into effect next year, it said, citing a letter by Social Affairs Minister Wouter Koolmees to members of parliament.

Turkish nationals will have to pass a basic exam before moving to the Netherlands. The exam will include an introduction to the language and Dutch society and once they arrive in the country, Turkish nationals will follow a programme tailor-made for them by local authorities.

Turkish nationals already living in the Netherlands are exempt from the new rules.

In 2019, some 9,500 Turkish nationals moved to the Netherlands and several hundred Turkish nationals claimed asylum there.