Dutch parents: mixed attitudes to mixed relationships

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Nearly half the parents of underage children in the Netherlands are not eager to have a son-in-law or daughter-in-law of immigrant origin, according to a recent poll. RNW asked teenagers whether they share that sentiment.


In the poll published by popular parenting magazine J/M, 600 native Dutch parents specified how frequent their contacts with children of other ethnic groups are. The mothers and fathers were also asked how they prepared their children for life in a multicultural society.

Most parents said they thought it beneficial for their child to be raised in a multicultural environment. But 43 percent of parents said they would not like it if a daughter brought home a boyfriend from an immigrant community. 38 percent of parents said they would find it hard to accept it if their sons brought home an immigrant girlfriend.