Turks in Netherlands face discrimination: Rights delegation

Members of the Human Rights Committee of the Turkish parliament paid a visit to Rotterdam and The Hague on Tuesday.

Turks in Netherlands face discrimination: Rights delegation
Turkish parliamentarians paid a visit to Rotterdam and The Hague on Tuesday.

Members of the Human Rights Committee of the Turkish parliament visited Noordsingel prison in Rotterdam.

The group had the opportunity to meet Turkish inmates in the prison, and receive information from authorities.

Later, Turkish MPs proceeded to The Hague and had a meeting with Ella Vogelaar, the Dutch minister for housing, communities and integration.

In the meeting, the group discussed integration problems of Turkish citizens and the regulations in practice.

"We debated problems caused by rules applied to people who will come from Turkey to the Netherlands after marriage," Turkish MP Zafer Uskul told reporters after the meeting.

Uskul said that this meant discrimination, and added that he believed that Turkish citizens, who would settle in the Netherlands after marriage, could learn Dutch and undergo a test after they came to that country.

The parliamentary delegation arrived in the Netherlands on Monday. It is expected to have a meeting with the chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Dutch House of Representatives, and parliamentarians of Turkish origin at the parliament on Thursday.

The delegation is scheduled to stay in the Netherlands till the weekend.

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