Changes in multicultural, Muslim and acculturation attitudes in the Netherlands armed forces

Rudy Richardson*, Tessa op den Buijs, Karen van der Zee

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Abstract

The present study examined changes in multicultural, Muslim and acculturation attitudes in the Dutch military. In 2008 and 2006 two large quantitative surveys were conducted within the Dutch military. The results of the survey in 2006 showed a slightly negative attitude of Dutch Defense employees towards multiculturalism and a strong preference for assimilation in the public context. Interestingly, in 2008 attitudes towards Multiculturalism had become more positive as compared to 2006. Although in 2008 a higher rate of employees preferred the integration strategy, the majority still favored migrants to adopt an assimilation strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-591
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Armed forces
  • Ethnic cultural minorities
  • Multiculturalism
  • Muslim attitude

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