Government told to drop discriminatory terms

The government should no longer use the terms allochtoon and autochtoon to distinguish between Dutch citizens, according to the Council for Societal Development.

Allochtoon is a Dutch word used to refer to citizens whose parents were born in another country. Autochtoonrefers to citizens whose parents were born in the Netherlands. In reality, allochtoon is often applied to people of colour regardless of where their parents were born. On Tuesday, the Council for Societal Development advised the parliament that the government should no longer use the two terms, because government is no longer implementing ethnicity-specific policies.

Read more:
RNW 

Leave a Reply