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Netherlands Hands $11,787 Furniture Bonuses To Migrants

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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Refugees coming to the Netherlands receive unconditional checks of up to $11,787 to buy furniture, with no strings attached.

Daily newspaper Brabants Dagblad Friday published the total sum a family with two children can get in each region of the country. The totals ranged from $2,445 in a number of counties to $11,787 in the city of Oisterwijk.

Some cities consider the payments loans the families have to pay back at a later point, while other hand it out for free with no strings attached. (RELATED: Netherlands Passes Law To Strip Citizenship From ISIS Fighters)

Geert Wilders, founder and leader for the nationalist Party for Freedom, called the handouts “discrimination” against Dutch people. The handouts are not available to Dutch citizens, and Wilders wonders why the homeless can enjoy the same benefits.

Furniture stores estimated $2,223 to be enough for a family of four to buy the essential furniture needed to start a life from scratch in a new city. A spokesperson for the local IKEA said a family can get plenty of nice furniture for $11,787.

“We are currently busy reassessing the minimum income [to be able to purchase furniture], but it is lower than this amount,” the spokesman told Brabants Dagblad.

Migrants receive the opposite hospitality in Denmark, where police officers are ordered to seize valuable items from refugees to compensate for their resettlement.

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