Monday, January 23, 2006

Getting to know you

Know all about you Dutch:

AMSTERDAM – Migrants who want to come to the Netherlands will from March be obliged to take an inburgering (acclimatization) test in the country they are applying from.

....By setting out clear guidelines for would be migrants (joining families or coming for marriage, for instance), it is hoped the compulsory test will force migrants to be better prepared for life in Dutch society before they arrive.

Candidates must take the exam – in Dutch - at an embassy or
consulate. It will test their knowledge of the language and culture and be taken over the phone, verbally, using a PC with speech recognition software.

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