Social Affairs Minister comments on denying visas for non-Dutch Imams

Dutch Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher has commented that non-Dutch Muslim clerics preaching hatred in Dutch mosques and glorifying terrorism may be denied visas. The decision is part of a wider program to counteract the radicalization of young Dutch Muslims.
Asscher made the comment to newspaper Telegraaf, saying , “If an imam from Syria wants to preach here and does not have peaceful intentions, he will not get a visa… We will also make the lives difficult of Dutch imams who grew up here and spread hatred.”

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