Everyone from another country who comes to live in the Netherlands will in future have to sign a 'participation contract' showing that they endorse Dutch civil rights and the constitutional state, Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher announced yesterday.

"Cultural integration is faltering, there is even some regression in ways of looking at homosexuality, at Jews, at women. We must make what makes this country so wonderful clearer: The freedom to be yourself," said the Labour (PvdA) minister in an interview with De Volkskrant newspaper.

In the paper, Asscher elaborated the Integration Agenda, which he sent to the Lower House on Tuesday evening. He wants to have every migrant who registers in a Dutch municipality sign a document intended to make clear to them the standards and norms in the country where they are living and working. "Otherwise, we will pay an enormous price for lack of engagement," warns Asscher.

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