Yet the next time there is a jihad terror attack, many of the Leftists who are decrying this pledge will turn around and blame the Belgian government for not integrating the Muslim immigrants.
“It’s an extra tool for the immigration office to keep some people out of Belgium,” said Didier Vanderslycke from ORBIT, a pro-migrant group. “He said making would-be residents sign a declaration accepting gay rights or equality between men and women suggested that these values were not held by immigrants, and would deepen prejudice against them.”
But…what if they don’t accept gay rights or equality between men and women? Didier Vanderslycke is whistling in the dark, as is all the rest of the politically correct Left. Their willful blindness about Islam and Sharia in pursuit of “diversity” is foolish to the point of suicidal, but they keep charging ahead anyway.
Anyway, a pledge to integrate isn’t really going to be any help, because Muslims who are devout and knowledgeable about Islam will have no problem signing and then ignoring it, but it is a step in the right direction.
“Belgium wants migrants to sign pledge on integration,” by Magdalena Mis, Reuters, April 1, 2016:
LONDON, April 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Non-EU migrants wishing to live in Belgium will have to sign a statement declaring their acceptance of local values or see their residency claim rejected, a government official said, in a move campaigners fear will fuel anti-immigrant sentiment.
Parliament is expected to pass the proposal to introduce a “newcomers statement” in the next few months, according to a spokesman for Belgium’s secretary of state for asylum and migration, Theo Francken, who drafted the plan.
People moving to Belgium for more than three months would have to sign the statement which includes a pledge to prevent and report any attempts to commit “acts of terrorism”.
The statement would not apply to asylum seekers and students, the spokesman said.
“(Many people) are coming (to Belgium) from countries with other values,” Francken’s spokesman Laurent Mutambayi told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by telephone from Brussels.
“If they want to build their life here in Europe (we have) no problem with that but they have to sign this statement that they accept our values,” he added.
Mutambayi said those who are not deemed to be integrating sufficiently will not be allowed to stay in the country….
One of the Belgian organisations working with migrants criticised the proposal saying it was discriminatory and would fuel prejudice towards migrants.
“It’s an extra tool for the immigration office to keep some people out of Belgium,” said Didier Vanderslycke from ORBIT, an organisation working on diversity and migration.
“The integration process can start when you have the residence and not when you sign a document that you will integrate. It’s really a bad thing as a welcome (for) people,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
He said making would-be residents sign a declaration accepting gay rights or equality between men and women suggested that these values were not held by immigrants, and would deepen prejudice against them.