Squaring off with Labor leader Wouter Bos in a televised pre-election debate, Wilders called for a ban on immigration from Muslim countries and especially Moroccans because “they cause problems, they cause crime, they cause intimidation and violence.
“For the people that are already here, I say: if you adapt to Dutch laws and Dutch norms and values, you’re welcome to stay,” Wilders said. “But if you don’t, then you go to jail and as far as I’m concerned out of the country.”
Bos responded that “we’ll only help this nation move forward if we stop thinking in terms of Muslims and non-Muslims.”
He cited examples of a prominent Dutch football player, a comedian and a politician of Moroccan ancestry and that he doubted their religion influenced their abilities.
“I think in terms of citizens that participate in society and basically behave and those that don’t,” he said. “What their religion is, that’s not my business.”