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Dutch News
Ghanaians are Hard Workers 7/7/2013
Most Ghanaians who live in Netherlands are young. Over a third of them is not yet twenty years and half of this is still under the ten years. The last few years, the number of Ghanaians in the Netherlands has grown steadily. In 2005, according to the CBS there were 19.108 Ghanaians. This year the number of Ghanaians in the Netherlands has risen to 22,263. More than half of them live in Amsterdam and more than two-thirds of lives in Amsterdam South East. About 68 percent of the people who migrate to the Netherlands do so because of family reunification, involving children arrived to join their parents. Most Ghanaians living in the Netherlands speak Twi. In addition, most Ghanaians speak reasonable English, but majority have less command on the Dutch language. Most people presently living in the Netherlands when they were in Ghana had reasonably better jobs, yet in the Netherlands, they do not go further than cleaning work. Economically, Ghanaians are not better off.

Very few trains to Schiphol this weekend, ProRail warns

Holidaymakers are being warned that Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport will be difficult to reach by train this weekend because of essential work on the tracks. Trains will only operate on the Leiden to Schiphol route, a spokesman for track operator ProRail told Nos television. Buses will take passengers who have to catch a plane from Amsterdam’s Sloterdijk and Zuid stations. The work coincides with the start of the school holidays in northern parts of the country, meaning it will be extra busy at the airport. This weekend’s work is part of plans to expand the railway alongside the A4 motorway from two tracks to four.

Amsterdam hospitals to help police combat violent crime

Seven Amsterdam hospitals are to take part in a three-year pilot which police hope will help reduce violent crime, by collecting information from the victims themselves. From September, medical staff at accident and emergency departments will ask patients about their injuries and where the attack occurred, the NRC reports. This information will be made anonymous and passed on to police and the city council. The justice ministry is funding the project with a €100,000 grant. At the moment, just 25% of violent crime victims are thought to report the attack to the police. Police hope the project will allow them to build up a better picture of risk areas and types of crime. To ensure patient privacy is maintained, all the reports will be screened by a special committee before being passed to officials. The agreement also states the police will not be allowed to use the information to help solve crimes. The project is based on an experiment in Cardiff, Wales, which has led to a 40% reduction in violent crime since 2003. This is because police are better able to target their efforts in high-risk areas.

Cabinet sets aside €20m to combat poverty, offer help with debts

Ministers have agreed to spend an extra €20m on measures to combat poverty this year, including help with dealing with debt. Most of the money - €19m - will go to local councils which are the front line in efforts to reduce poverty. The main thrust of the initiative is to stop people getting into debt in the first place, junior social affairs minister Jetta Klijnsma said. She called on councils, debt collectors, water boards, energy suppliers, housing corporations and health insurers to work together to signal problems with payments. Children the minister also said she plans to adopt recommendations from the childrens'' ombudsman last month, in which he called for more action to help children growing up in poverty. The ombudsman said local councils should put together a package of benefits in kind for the country''s poorest children. These packages would include vouchers for swimming lessons, clothes and a library card. So far 26 councils have expressed an interest in the scheme, the minister said. One in nine children in the Netherlands grows up in a family officially considered to be poor.

 
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