The Netherlands was the third country in the world to have an elected parliament, and since 1848 it has been governed as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, organised as a unitary state.
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The arrival of families changed the immigrants' attitudes towards religious and cultural values, transplanting honor culture, modesty standards, and attitudes toward women to the West. Even those who have settled in cities retain a village mentality and are seen as backward by the business and cultural elites in their home countries.
Moroccans who settled in the Netherlands and Belgium, for example, are mostly Berbers from the Rif mountains, not the Arab cultural elite from Casablanca, Rabat, or Fez.
Western Europe has gone through two major stages in its recent immigration history. Beginning in the mid-twentieth century, European countries have changed from net sources of emigration to attractive destinations for immigration.