24 January 2017

‘Behave normally, or go away’ Dutch PM warns immigrants weeks before vote

Anyone who cannot respect Dutch customs can leave, the country's prime minister has warned weeks ahead of the country's general election.

In a full-page message published in several newspapers, Mark Rutte said "we have to actively defend our values" against those who refuse to integrate or act antisocially.

"Behave normally or go away," he said.

While his message did not mention opponent Geert Wilders or his Party for Freedom, it was clearly aimed at winning over voters who would likely back Mr Wilders' anti-immigration platform.

Mr Rutte, leader of the centre-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, said he understands calls for people who don't integrate to leave the Netherlands. "I have that feeling, too," he said. [The Independent] Read more