Councillor Marcouch of the Slotervaart neighborhood in Amsterdam has proposed ideas for a “city in itself” – a flourishing Muslim community that can arise on its own. Marcouch proposed his ideas in an internal letter to the other neighborhoods in Amsterdam-West. He has proposed the neighborhoods to exist outside the beltway, which poses essential differences in comparison to neighborhoods inside the beltway. “A flourishing Muslim community can arise there, with sufficient social capital. The Muslim minority would then be an advantage,” said Marcouch.

Paul de Krom, VVD parliament member and integration spokesperson responded to the proposal, saying: “If he means to say that he wants to strengthen the Muslim community, or that he want to create a specific Muslim neighborhood in Amsterdam, I would think that very unfortunate. In a secular society council member should not be led by their faith.”

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