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'You'd need a heart of stone' dept

This, from Dutch site Nis News:

"UTRECHT, 27/08/09 - Subsidised local festivities to promote the integration of immigrants attract very few immigrants. A study by sociologist Ruben Bino reveals that in Utrecht, immigrants were underrepresented at 95 percent of the festivities.

Bino researched how over 300 local street parties organised by residents in 2008 with subsidies totalling 200,000 euros from Utrecht municipality's 'liveability fund' affected a neighbourhood.

The requests for subsidy came almost exclusively from white residents, usually highly educated... Considering the population composition of the neighbourhood, immigrants were under-represented at 95 percent of these street parties".

Doubtless the city of Utrecht meant well, but this does not come as a huge surprise.

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Blogger Blue Eyes said... 9:27 am

In the future, historians will look back at our era and ask "was there something in the water that made entire socio-economic classes do strange things?".  



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