"We are all immigrants," says Rutte Schilderswijk


They sit opposite each other in the evenings at The Hague's Schilderswijk Library, about two hundred resident and Prime Minister VVD Mark Rutte – and for one and a half hours they talk mostly between each other.

Residents of the district will tell time and time that other people will be able to rent a house, money for study, work placement or job. That they themselves are "one-zero lag" because they live in Schilderswijk and "two zero if we have a different background". "What are you doing to us?" Or "why does the government do nothing about it?"

Once again, Rutte says he can do "a bit". He has no "ready answers". And that they have to "continue", to continue their dreams. "Then it happens that you have some kind of cock you do not want to give a job as you are called Mo or Fatima."

Rutte is happy and occasionally tries to joke: "What a nice VVD question. I feel like a liberal voter here." The room is still serious and focused. And soon people are angry. The man says with a loud voice that Schilderswijk's Eastern Indians know "marginalized" because the library meeting is adapting to their "light partner". "They would have liked to be there as well, how can this happen? Integration has failed and then I wonder: with me or with the Prime Minister?"

The first Rutte also jokes about it. "Yes, it is a challenge in the neighborhood with so many cultures, that it is always a party in one or another culture." Right after that, he has a solution. He calls the Schilderswijk East Indians apart for an hour. Then I hope it is confined to this group, otherwise it is complicated. "

Cappuccino and filter coffee

Throughout the day, Rutte, without the tie and the top buttons of the shirt, is on a working visit. In the morning he is at a cafe Heilige Boontjes in Rotterdam, where workers are mostly prisoners or people who have had difficulties in their lives differently. There he learns to make cappuccino himself, he gets a bag of filter cartridges. "It fits Albert Heijn's four numbers."

In the afternoon he visits "city seamen" who are trying to keep residential areas safe in Rotterdam.

In Schilderswijk, the first question will be about thirteen sons Bilal. He wants to know why people with "immigrant backgrounds and without them" are confused just in schools. Can it still be held by the Prime Minister? "Difficult," says Rutte, explains how a free school is and says the government can not control schoolchildren. "You have schools with many immigrant children and few children whose parents have lived in the Netherlands for a few hundred years, but after all, we are all immigrants."

Forbidden neighborhood

The fourth row is Peggy Bouman (46) and Maaike van der Linden (40). They live above the library. Bouman's son Lorenzo taught at Rutte High School – he teaches social sciences every Thursday at Schilderswijk's schools. Now that her son is an adult, Peggy Bouman is short. He has to leave the house, he thinks, and Rutte wants to know why there is no living space in the neighborhood of Lorenzo. "He is expelled to Mariaho".

Rutte does not seem to know what to do. "Is not there a government to arrange a house for your son? Do you have to do it yourself?"

Peggy Bouman says, "There are so many houses empty." Rutte starts the waiting list. They are always there. "When I enrolled in The Hague Housing Company, it also took seven years before I got something." It ends kindly. "Then I like it at home," says Peggy Bouman. "A lot of fun," Rutte feels.

Most queries talk for a long time. Rutte uses an edible cheese at that time, standing next to her in the bowl. One of his employees had asked for this in advance.

During the last quarter, the evening is over. Rutte gets a short applause. After that, almost everyone wants to take a picture with him. Rutte takes time. Then he says, "See all."

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