Wednesday , October 5 2022

"We are all migrants," says Rutte in Schilderswijk


They sit opposite each other on Wednesday evening in the Schilderswijk library in The Hague, about two local residents and VVD Prime Minister Mark Rutte – and for an hour and a half they speak for themselves.

From time to time, district residents say that other people get a leased house, money for study, internship, or work. That they themselves are "zero lag" because they live in Schilderswijk and "two zeros if we have a different background". "What are you doing for us?" Or, "Why does the government not do anything about it?"

Again and again, Rutte says he can do "little". That he does not have a "ready answer". And that he must "endure", strive for dreams. "Then you will come across a cock that you do not want to give an internship because you are called Mo or Fatima."

Rutte remains cheerful and sometimes tries to joke: "What a nice VVD question, I feel liberal voters here." The room remains serious and focused. And soon people are angry. One says in a high tone that the Eastern Indians of Schilderswijk feel "excluded," because the meeting in the library falls on their "illumination." "They would like to be there too, how can it happen? Integration has failed and then I ask: with me or with the Prime Minister?"

The first Rutte is also joking about it. "Yes, it is a disadvantage of neighboring with many cultures, that there is always a party in one culture or another." He invites the Eastern Indians of Schilderswijk for one hour. "I hope she will be limited to this group, otherwise it will be complicated."

Cappuccino and filter coffee

All day, Rutte, with no tie and top-of-the-cheek open shirt, is on a business visit. In the morning, he is in the Heilige Boontjes Café in Rotterdam, where workers mostly used to be former prisoners or people who have had trouble in their life in a different way. There she learns to do a cappuccino myself, gets a bag of coffee filter. "That corresponds to my four-thirst Albert Heijn."

In the afternoon, he visits the "Navy" who are trying to keep the neighborhood in Rotterdam safe.

In Schilderswijk, the first question comes from about 13-year-old boy Bilal. He wants to know why "migrant and non-migrant" people are not only mixed in schools. Could it still provide the prime minister? "It's hard," says Rutte, explaining how the school's free choice is, and says the government can not enforce school children. "You have schools with many migrant children and a few children whose parents lived in the Netherlands for several hundred years, but of course, of course, all migrants."

It was banned from the neighborhood

In the fourth row are Peggy Bouman (46) and Maaike van der Linden (40). They live above the library. Bouren's son, Lorenzo, taught Rutte in high school – every Thursday he teaches social schooling at Schilderswijk. Now that her son is an adult, Peggy Bouman is abridged. They have to leave the house, they think, and Rutte wants to know why Lorenza is not around. "He is expelled to Mariahoeva."

Rutte does not seem to know what to do with him. "Is it not the government's job to secure a house for your son? Does he have to do it himself?"

Peggy Bouman says, "There are so many empty houses here." Rutte starts on waiting lists. They're always there. "When I registered with the Hague Housing Company, it took me seven years to get something." Ends friendly. "Then I'll have it at home," says Peggy Bouman. "Greater," says Rutte.

Most respondents speak for a long time. Rutte uses the time to eat cubes and stood in a bowl beside him. One of his staff asked for it in advance.

In the fourth ninth, the evening is over. Rutte receives a brief applause. Then almost everyone wants to take a photo with them. Rutte takes time. Then he calls, "We'll see you all."

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