All newcomers to the Netherlands who are required to take an integration course will also have to sign a 'participation declaration' pledging to uphold Dutch values, the government agreed on Friday.

The decision follows what the government says is 'successful trials' of the concept in 13 councils between March 2014 to March 2015.

In total, just over 4,000 people were involved in the trials and 1,500 completed the courses and signed the official declaration, a report for the social affairs ministry shows. Most of the signatories were people from central and Eastern Europe.

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