A poll in newspaper the Volkskrant suggests 50% of Dutch back the forced integration of foreigners into Dutch society, while 19% support a multicultural approach. Further, while 31% say they are “negative” about Muslims and 52% “neutral”, this figure has been stable for years. The poll was conducted in the run up to national elections on June 9, 2010, and suggests that integration takes a backseat to other issues such as health care, social security and the economy. Integration is only a major issue for the anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV).

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