The Dutch Center for the Diaspora (NCD) is an independent, non-governmental organisation whose purpose is to allow the safe return of people belonging to the Dutch diaspora. We will strive to have immigration rules eased to allow threatened diaspora groups such as the Afrikaners entry into The Netherlands. The NCD will support diaspora people in every step of the process including societal integration.
Afrikaners in dire need
The Afrikaners have lived for more than 350 years in Southern Africa but their historical, cultural and linguistic background have Dutch origins. After centuries of European rule in South Africa, the last form of minority rule – Apartheid – was dismantled. After apartheid ended, the following ruling party African National Congress (ANC) enacted laws that were supposed to end discrimination but actually resulted in the discrimination of whites (Johnson, 2016). Currently, about 3 million Afrikaners live in South Africa and their future looks increasingly bleak. Many Afrikaners prefer to emigrate instead of facing an uncertain future in South Africa. Despite their desperate situation, The Netherlands has held its doors closed to the Afrikaners. NCD would like to change this unfortunate policy.
The Afrikaners have been confronted with an extremely corrupt regime that has introduced a myriad of race laws that allows whites to be discriminated against in both the private and public sector. At the moment there at least 117 race laws in effect that have an economic stranglehold on many Afrikaners (Roos, 2015, p.489). There are more than 400,000 Afrikaners that are living below the poverty level and living in squatter camps spread throughout South Africa (Burrows,2016).
The greatest threat by far for the Afrikaners is murder. According to the NGO Genocide Watch South Africa is at phase 6 of a genocide, with Afrikaners at the primary target (Gelernter, 2015), where phase 8 is the actual implementation of the genocide. An example of this genocide phase would be the plaasmoorde, the extremely violent home invasions where torture and rape are used. The children are also not spared from these terrible crimes. The fact that many times burglary is not carried out at the same time as these other crimes shows that the motivations are not economic but purely hatred for the Afrikaners. These events are not so strange if we see how open president Jacob Zuma is about his hatred with slogans such as “ Kill the boer, kill the farmer, we are going to shoot them with machine guns” (Genocide Watch, 2013).
These farm attacks or plaasmoorde have cost the lives of thousands of Afrikaner farmers (Ahlert,2013). Being a farmer is the most dangerous career in South Africa (Laing, 2015). Human rights activists and organisations such as Afriforum and UNPO have been trying to draw attention to the subject with unfortunately little improvement. In 2015 the Brazilian Rodrigo Herhaus de Campos started a petition to bring Afrikaners back to Europe based on the “Right of Return” law based in Israeli immigration. The petition was signed 10,000 times and given to the European commission but the initiative died without results.
The NCD will fight for the right of the Afrikaners. They are family to the Dutch people. For many decades the Netherlands has been very welcoming to refugees and Asylum seekers from all corners of the world but has abandoned the Afrikaners.
This situation can be changed. If we look at the previous example Israel has a right of return; but also Germany recognizes this law and calls it Bundesvertriebenengesetz, it is a possibility for ethnic Germans and their progeny to settle in Germany (Bundesvertriebenengesetz, 2016). In order to give the Afrikaners the same right of return, the Dutch political establishment has to be convinced to broaden the laws currently in place.
As previously explained the strong historical, cultural and linguistical similarities between the Dutch and Afrikaners make it likely that within one generation they will be integrated into Dutch society. If The Netherlands really wants to do its part for asylum seekers then Afrikaners are the most ideal immigrant from an integration standpoint.
Legal Afrikaner immigration brings many benefits as well. They are the backbone of the South African economy, they are independent and entrepreneurial (Reuters, 2012). Their expertise and motivation will enrich the economy of the Netherlands.
What does the NCD wish to accomplish?
– Safety for the Afrikaner people by offering them a heartfelt welcome in the Netherlands
– Easing of immigration laws for the diaspora
– Support for the Afrikaners that arrive in the Netherlands with special attention given to housing and work.
How will the NCD accomplish these goals?
– The NCD will bring the plight of the Afrikaners to the public through the traditional news media.
– The NCD will influence politicians as a lobby group
– The NCD will strengthen the ties between the Afrikaner and Dutch communities through dialogue and events.
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