Dutch are now minority in Amsterdam

Friday professor Maurice Crul will address the superdivers city in his inaugural lecture. For the first time the people in Amsterdam from Dutch origin are a minority. This brings on the question who should adapt to who?

03/18/2013 | 10:33 AM

In his inaugural lecture, Maurice Crul draws a new perspective in the debate on integration. He argues that we are standing at a crossroads. On the one hand the multi-ethnic city is a fact: for the first time the people from Dutch origin are a minority in Amsterdam, just like all the other ethnic groups. On the other hand the idea of the multicultural society is increasingly viewed as naive, since cultural equality opens the door for undesirable cultural habits, like the repression of women.

Crul offers a progressive alternative for the failed idea of multiculturalism and the worn-out call from politicians for migrants to adapt to Dutch values. In his view, the key to a successfully divers society lies in the emancipation of second generation women.

Based on the largest European research project about the second generation in Europe, the TIES project, Crul shows that emancipation of the second generation automatically happens when the women get a good education and participate on the labour market. For that we need to create chances, and invest in good child care.

Crul carries out a vision of hope. But there is also urgency to it. The TIES-project shows that an unemancipated second generation withdraws from society, and is even more conservative than their parents. 

Read more on Maurice Crul on his personal page.

The inaugural lecture will be in Dutch. It will take place on Friday 22 March 2013 in the aula of VU University Amsterdam.