Topics of the day
Since the late 1990s, politicians in The Netherlands have started to doubt the
“multicultural society”. Eversince, anti-immigrant parties such as Wilders’ Freedom
Party have become increasingly popular. In 2000 Scheffer’s provocative essay ‘A
Multicultural Drama’ sparked a societal debate on Dutch immigrant integration and
discrimination. Discussions on (the failure of) multiculturalism dominated the Dutch
political sphere. Today, we will discuss both the history and current state of
multiculturalism in the Netherlands with leading experts.
After an introductional lecture on migration delivered by Lucassen, we will explore
the relationship between education and multiculturalism in the Netherlands. What’s
the situation at the so-called black and white schools in Amsterdam? Sofyan Mbarik
works at the Calvijn Jr College, and will share his experiences. Subsequently we will
discuss the Dutch attitude towards workers from Poland, and more generally
migrants from Eastern Europe, especially after Wilders’ hate campaign in 2012.
Together with Hanka Mongard we will reflect upon how they are treated in The
Netherlands. Thijl Sunier will discuss how the strained climate around Muslims in
The Netherlands has evolved in the past few years. Van de Kamp & Bensellam, a
Rabbi and an Islamic youth worker, are fighting against xenophobia together. They
are a great match, were recently on Dutch television, and HIA is overly proud to
have them both present to share their story.
In the evening we will focus on ethnic profiling; the use of racial, ethnic, national, or
religious characteristics as a way of singling out people for identity or security
checks. Experts from NGO’s, police officers and artists will discuss all the ins and
outs of this precarious theme.
Amnesty International/HIA, Keizersgracht 177, Rosa Parkszaal (Ground Floor)
Eastern European workers rights
>> 09.00 – 09.30 Introducing the Day
>> 09.30 – 10.45 Myths about immigration and polarization
Leo Lucassen, professor Social History, Leiden
>> 10.45 – 11.00 Break
>> 11.00 – 12.15 Identity and Urban Education
Sofyan Mbarki, teammanager Calvijn met Junior College
>> 12.15 – 13.00 Lunch
>> 13.00- 14.30 The situation of workers from Central and Eastern Europe in the Netherlands: violation of human rights?
Hanka Mongard, cultural mediator & Fairwork
>> 14.30 – 15.45 Islamophobia: between secular critique and anti-Islam sentiments
Thijl Sunier, chair Islam in European Societies
>> 15.45 -16.00 Break
>> 16.00 -17.15 Ignorance, prejudice and imaging stands between Muslims and Jews
Lody van de Kamp, rabi and peace builder & Said Bensellam, working with moroccan youth.
>> 17.15 – 17.30 Wrapping up the Day
>> 17.30 – 19.00 We will order pizza’s for dinner @Amnesty International
>> 19.00 – 21.00 Special evening on Ethnic profiling (semi-public) with contributions of:
Gerbrig Klos, senior policy officer, Amnesty Int.
Niels de Groot, The DoeTank Foundation
Gideon Everduim (Gikkels), artist
Michael Zwart, police inspector, Dutch National Police
Hans Schipper, superintendant Dutch National Police