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Bullet letter and arson: grower Paul tells story in TV broadcast on housing migrant workers

For the first time, grower Paul Franssen publicly told his story last night. The grower from De Lier had been threatened since it became known that he wanted to sell his greenhouse to make way for large-scale housing of labor migrants. Fires were started at his property several times, and he also received a bullet letter. The neighborhood is against the plans of the temporary employment agency Tradiro. The Zembla broadcast revealed that they were proven right and that the Westland municipality would not allow construction for the time being.

The TV broadcast revealed that the difficulties in realizing housing for migrant workers experienced here are not unique. Frank van Gool of Otto Work Force and Michel Daems of A-mi-ce, among others, have plans to realize large-scale housing. Both men argue in the broadcast that municipalities do not cooperate. Frank approached 15 municipalities with plans to build residential towers but was only allowed to build one tower so far. Michel was told "no" by six municipalities.

In the broadcast, Zembla also focuses on how housing is currently organized. It is critical of the SNF quality mark, which is supposed to guarantee good housing. Checks included in the broadcast show that the hallmark is far from watertight. When SNF chairman Koos Karssen is confronted with this, he points, among other things, to privacy laws that would stop unannounced checks and to calculations that show that at least 3.5 square meters for sleeping are guaranteed by SNF.

Watch the entire broadcast here.



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