Dutch politician Geert Wilders said on Wednesday he wanted the Netherlands to hold a referendum on whether to ban minarets, following a similar move by Switzerland.

Wilders told parliament he would propose a law paving the way for a referendum on minarets, but did not give details. Switzerland banned the construction of new minarets in 2009, a move that drew international condemnation at the time.

The Netherlands' reputation as relatively easy on immigration has changed over the past decade, reflecting voter concerns over the large number of Muslim immigrants, mainly from Morocco and Turkey.

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