Government does not know how mosques are being financed

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An research, as an initiative of the Ministry of Social Affairs on foreign financing of Dutch mosques, has not made clear from where and how these mosques get their funds. Both foreign Islamic organizations and the mosques themselves are not obligatory to divulge this information.

Researchers think that only a small amount of Dutch mosques are being funded from abroad.

Minister Van der Steur (Safety and Justice) says there is nothing against funding from abroad, but it is not clear if the donors also have a more substantial influence. From Saudi Arabia and Qatar it is however known that they try to propagate their version of Islam.

The researchers advise to do more research into international organizations, operating as intermediaries.

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