Voters from ethnic minorities feel poorly represented in parliament
Dutch voters from ethnic minorities feel poorly represented in parliament. Researchers from the National Voter Survey came to this conclusion for the very first time by paying special attention to this group, which represents more than 10 percent of voters, reports NOS.
Almost 73 percent of voters from ethnic minorities feel that their interests are not sufficiently taken into account. More than three-quarters said there were too few parliamentarians from ethnic minorities. The feeling of poor representation is even more present among voters who are victims of discrimination.
Of these voters, 42 percent said they often or very often faced discrimination. This percentage is even higher among Dutch people of Surinamese and African origin and among second generation immigrants.
Voters from ethnic minorities voted primarily for the PvdA, but this is changing with the emergence of parties explicitly dedicated to this group.
DENK scores well with the Dutch of Moroccan and Turkish descent, Bij1 among the Dutch of Surinamese and African descent, and Dutch-Asians tend to vote for right-wing parties.
In Europe, the Netherlands is leading the way with the emergence of such parties, researcher Marcel Lubbers told NOS. “It remains to be seen whether the arrival of parties like DENK and Bij1 removes or reinforces the feeling of poor representation now that they are both in parliament.”