Netherlands: Turkish imam require integration exam

The Dutch immigration service now requires Turkish imams to pass an integration exam and course. Eighteen mosques are waiting for an imam, causing the Turkish gov’t to ask for clarification from the Dutch Embassy in Ankara.

Meanwhile, Yusuf Kalkan, in charge of Religious Matters in the Turkish Embassy in The Hague and head of the national mosque association Diaynet, is saying that they’re considering taking legal steps. According to him, all the imams have done a 3 month course in Rotterdam, on the association’s expense.

Dutch Immigration admits that the course the imams have done may be more extensive, but that they will only accept the exam as done by the embassy in Ankara.

Source: (Dutch)

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