Over 10 years ago, Ahmed Aboutaleb was inaugurated as the first ever Moroccan-born mayor of the Netherlands. During these years, Aboutaleb has received praise as a “successful immigrant” and has had his loyalty to the Netherlands openly questioned.

Mayor and Muslim in the Netherlands, a Question of Loyalty
Ahmed Aboutaleb as mayor of Rotterdam. Photo credit: ANP
With a background in history, Wouter IJzerman works as a contributing writer at Morocco World News, focusing on history, migration, and religion.