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Sixty-Two Percent of Dutch Prisoners Have a Migration Background

The 'Moroccan problem' isn't a new problem: "An unidentified family member of one of the sentenced suspects, left, talks to lawyer Bart Nooitgedacht, right, after he left the court in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Friday, March 10, 2006. A Dutch court convicted nine Muslims of belonging to a terrorist group because they incited hatred for non-Muslims and threatened to commit acts of terrorism. Among the defendants was Mohammed Bouyeri, the convicted killer of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Bouyeri, who has already been sentenced to life in prison, was found to be a leader of the group, known as "Hofstad" group, but the judges said he could not be punished further." (AP Photo/ Fred Ernst)

This is one of the reasons why Geert Wilders will, I believe, win the elections for parliament in the Netherlands that will take place in March 2017.

Of all Dutch inmates in 2015, 39 percent had a native Dutch background, while 62 percent had a migration background. That’s clear from the official statistics from the government’s Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS). According to the CBS, these numbers haven’t changed in any significant manner in the last few years. With a share of 11 percent, inmates with a Moroccan background form the largest share of all of the inmates with a migration background.

Facts like these have caused increasingly more Dutch voters to flock to the anti-immigration party of Geert Wilders, the Party for Freedom (PVV). Wilders was recently found guilty of “incitement to discrimination” after telling an audience that, if he comes to power, he’d make sure there would be “fewer Moroccans” in the Netherlands. Although foreigners may find that remark a bit off-putting, crime statistics underscore his larger point: Moroccans aren’t adapting well to life in the Netherlands and cause more problems (read: crimes) than everyone else.