On June 9th there are elections in the Netherlands. We have 10 parties in parliament and they are quite different - we even have a party for animals in parliament  - so the different leaders battling over their party programs is great entertainment.
On May 19th Nyfer published a report arguing that non-western immigration into the Netherlands costs the Dutch government 7.2 billion euros a year. The report, commissioned by the PVV (the Dutch right-wing party) is here in Dutch. The reason is that these immigrants make more use of the welfare state and pay less tax than the average native. They are also more likely to be unemployed, criminal, etc.
I finally read the report (127 pages) while in the plane to the Netherlands. The report's scope is very limited; solely looking at the budgetary effects of non-western immigration on the Dutch government's budget. Given this the report seems solid.
Unfortunately (but expectedly), the PVV now uses it as ammunition in the Dutch election. To quote Geert Wilders - leader of the PVV - "Ten years of unchanged immigration policy means a cost of 72 billion for Dutch Society. The fact that mass-migration is also financially disastrous emphasizes the necessity of PVV's proposals such as an immigration stop for Islamic countries, a limitation on other immigrants and for upcoming 10 years not paying benefits to immigrants [own translation]."
- How do we get Islamic countries to have a special treatment? That's only 1/3rd of all non-Western immigrants into the Netherlands!?
- In addition to the above, the PVV also wants to get out of the EU, get rid of the euro and stop all Dutch development aid. What world does he live in?
- I can't wait to start writing my dissertation. In Eastern Congo we find that migration is positively correlated with public goods provision. Can't wait to provide ammunition to PVV's opposing camps.
 The following ten parties are currently in the Dutch parliament (the ones starred are currently in the government):
Party Full name (in Dutch) Peter's summary Seats
CDA* Christen Democratisch Appèl The christen-democrats 41
PVDA* Partij van de Arbeid The labor party 33
SP Socialistische Partij The socialists 25
VVD Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie The liberals 22
PVV Partij voor de Vrijheid The right 9
GL GroenLinks The greens 7
CU* ChristenUnie The religious ones 6
D66 Democraten 66 The social-democrats 3
SGP Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij The more strict religious ones 2
PVD Partij voor de Dieren Yes, a party for animals 2