The Netherlands has become infiltrated by powerful crime gangs, and the police are losing their ability to combat the growing drug economy. Reports from the Dutch police union describe the country as having many of the characteristics of a narco-state, with criminals established in the hospitality industry, housing market, and middle class.
A narco-state has this definition: a state whose economy is dependent on the trade in illegal drugs
Some claim it is a result of the Dutch tolerance policy (called gedoogbeleid) towards cannabis and prostitution. Psychedelic mushrooms are also permitted to be purchased in coffee shops.
Most of the drug called ecstasy that is found in Europe and the United States comes from laboratories in the south of the country, which are predominately run by Moroccan gangs. Half of the 7 billion dollar cocaine industry in Europe comes through the Rotterdam port. This leaves the U.S. being directly affected by a European drug problem.
A report by the office of the public prosecutor for the Dutch cabinet was leaked this year. It shows that 3.5 million crimes go unregistered every year, with only about 20% of crimes against the elderly and vulnerable are reported to the police.
The report suggests that authorities are approaching “an insurmountable disadvantage.”
Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, Amsterdam’s police chief, stated that 60% to 70% of the police resources were used fighting gang-related hit-jobs. Assassinations that once were carried out for 50 thousand euros by professionals are now performed by young men from Amsterdam for as little as 3 thousand.
Ferd Grapperhaus, the Dutch Minister for Justice and Security, understands that there is a need for the country to expand its police force, and acknowledges the serious “lack of capacity” to combat organized crime.
The rise in crime comes at a time when the migrant crisis in the European Union is beginning to have an effect on the daily lives of the population. As more migrants attempt to enter, citizens are still trying to adjust to the influx of mostly military-aged men.
The migrants, for the most part, do not have the skills or education to provide for themselves in the country. Generally, the uneducated and poverty-stricken tend to turn to crime.
In 2016, the Netherlands saw a dramatic increase in migrant populations, with tiny towns being forced to take overflow from the urban areas. As the cities were overwhelmed, small communities with populations as small as 8,000 began seeing “organized groups patrolling the town.”
The migrant crisis in Europe has brought a 30% increase in Syrian “asylum seekers,” with other groups such as Ethiopians that grew by 450 percent over the previous year.
As a result, the Netherlands is seeing a rise in right-wing popularity. Some from the far-right have promised to close the borders and close all mosques and suggested banning the hijab and the Koran.
Nevertheless, the crisis continues to create a crime state as the country struggles with crushing demands on their welfare programs and security agencies.
Populist movements continue to gain traction in political debates across Europe and Great Britain. Despite the opportunity for change, the Netherlands seems to have failed to mitigate the effects of crime and drug use. New threats of violence could be the result.
Dutch News reported in January that approximately 30 people who applied for asylum had passports that were stolen by jihadi groups. Four of the people from the Paris attacks of 2015 entered Europe with passports from the same stolen type of document.
This could prove devastating for a country that is already unable to respond to the rise in crime, or cope with the influence and wealth of a powerful new class of criminals.
Poland, which also shares a border with Germany, has rejected accepting any more Muslim migrants. The government has stated that it has found it difficult to detect jihadists.
In 2016, over a million migrants were resettled there, and the government believes that this encourages millions more to come.
Additionally, the Hungarian Prime Minister continues to speak out about the effect of unchecked migration on the native population. The current state of the Dutch people may be directly impacted by the very issues that he is warning Europe about.
The lack of reporting makes statistical analysis very difficult, and that is helping the progressive left to continue to deny that these effects are a direct result of illegal migration from Islamic countries.
The designation of the Netherlands as a narco-state, unable to police its cities and deter crime, is a scary reality of the state of the European Union. More individual nations may be headed for the same fate, as they lose control over their sovereign rights to govern according to the will of the people.