Hilbrand Nawijn

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Hilbrand Nawijn
Hilbrand Nawijn (cropped).jpg
Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In office
30 January 2003 – 30 November 2006
Minister for Integration & Immigration
In office
22 July 2002 – 27 May 2003
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by First
Succeeded by Rita Verdonk
Personal details
Born Hilbrand Pier Anne Nawijn
(1948-08-08) 8 August 1948 (age 69)
Kampen, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Anti Revolutionary Party (for 1980)
Christian Democratic Appeal (1980-2002)
Pim Fortuyn List (2002-2004)
Party for the Netherlands (from 2006)
Residence Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Alma mater University of Groningen (LL.M.)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant

Hilbrand Pier Anne Nawijn (born 8 August 1948) is a Dutch politician of the Party for the Netherlands (PVN). He was Minister for Integration & Immigration from 22 July 2002 until 27 May 2003, and later a Member of the House of Representatives for the Pim Fortuyn List (LPF).

Nawijn was born in Kampen. The son of a burgemeester (mayor), he is a descendant of Firmin Navin, a French Huguenot who had fled to Holland in 1696[1] to escape persecution. After graduating Emelwerda College in Emmeloord he studied law at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Following a long career working for the Dutch Ministry of Justice he was elected in 2002 as a member of the Christen-Democratisch Appèl for the city council of Zoetermeer. Nawijn was an early supporter of the openly gay, populist Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn[2][3] and in 2002, when Fortuyn founded the Pim Fortuyn List, Nawijn earned a place on the list. Despite the assassination of Fortuyn by an animal rights activist,[4] which happened days before the election, the LPF emerged with a successful result, thus bringing Nawijn into the Dutch House of Representatives. He was appointed Minister for Integration and Immigration in the first Balkenende cabinet.[5]

Due to the instability of the LPF following Fortuyn's assassination, the first Balkenende cabinet lasted briefly, leading to early elections in 2003. Due to Nawijn's controversial conservative positions such as his support of the death penalty, which horrified many people in the Netherlands,[6] he was placed at the bottom of the LPF's electoral list. This should have made it almost impossible for Nawijn to be reelected, however, the same statements which made him so unpopular to the political establishment won him a following among voters. On election day Nawijn received enough individual votes to once again enter the House of Representatives.[7]

Despite still being a member of the LPF, Nawijn often was at odds with the party. In January 2005, he left the fragmented LPF with the goal of founding his own political party which conceptually would lean closer towards the ideas of the far-right Flemish party Vlaams Belang.[8][9] Together with one of the leaders of Vlaams Belang, Filip Dewinter, in June 2005 he announced the founding of a think tank during a controversial meeting in the former house of murdered politician Pim Fortuyn. Marten Fortuyn, Pim Fortuyn's brother, called this action provocative, and "I had expected otherwise from Nawijn." The influential Dutch magazine Elsevier writes: "According to (the LPF member of parliament) Varela, it was widely known that Pim Fortuyn wanted nothing to do with Dewinter, whose party Vlaams Blok (resurrected as Vlaams Belang) had the previous year been forbidden due to racism."[10][11]

In the Dutch municipal elections of 2006, Nawijn managed, with his own new party, to gather 5 out of 39 seats in his hometown Zoetermeer.[12] Later that year he entered the 2006 Dutch elections with a new party, the Partij voor Nederland (Party for the Netherlands), but obtained no seats. During his campaign, Nawijn voiced his support for accepting CIA black sites into the Netherlands in an interview in October 2006 in the Dutch newspaper Spits.[13]

In early 2007, Nawijn participated in the Dutch version of So You Wanna Be a Popstar?, broadcast by the Dutch commercial TV channel SBS6, granting him fulfilment of one of his dreams. He stated that "Now that I have left national politics, I can do such things. An additional advantage is that it will keep me a bit 'in the picture'".[14] As a result of his performances at the talent contest, which were met with public ridicule,[15] Nawijn signed up for a five-year contract as a singer.[16][17] His first single came out in May 2007, Hey Jumpen, in the jumpstyle genre, and reached #45 in the Dutch Single Top 100 charts.[18][19]

In February 2008 he returned to his original career in law.[20]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "10 years after Pim Fortuyn was murdered: what the papers say". DutchNews.nl. 2012-05-06. Archived from the original on 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Europe | Dutch 'should be spoken in mosques'". BBC News. 2002-10-01. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Europe | Profile: Fortuyn killer". BBC News. 2003-04-15. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  5. ^ "The Political Economy Of European Integration In The Polder" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  6. ^ Van onze verslaggevers (2002-11-19). "testweg Nawijn wekt afschuw met pleidooi voor doodstraf - Binnenland - VK" (in Dutch). Volkskrant.nl. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Mr. H.P.A. (Hilbrand) Nawijn - Parlement & Politiek". Parlement.com. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  8. ^ "fwep_28_03.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  9. ^ ANP, Internetredactie (2005-06-22). "Nawijn uit fractie LPF - Politiek - VK" (in Dutch). Volkskrant.nl. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  10. ^ ANP (2005-06-19). "Nawijn richt denktank op met Dewinter - Politiek - VK" (in Dutch). Volkskrant.nl. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  11. ^ "Nawijn overweegt vertrek LPF-fractie". Elsevier.nl. 2005-06-20. Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  12. ^ Van onze verslaggeefster Sacha Kester (2006-03-29). "Nawijn hoopt op één Fortuynistische partij - Politiek - VK" (in Dutch). Volkskrant.nl. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  13. ^ [2][dead link]
  14. ^ Door: redactie 27-2-07 - 17:33 (2007-02-27). "Jochem van Gelder wordt popster" (in Dutch). AD.nl. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  15. ^ PETER VAN DE STADT 29-3-07 - 17:37 (2007-03-29). "Nawijn maalt niet om mening publiek" (in Dutch). AD.nl. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  16. ^ "Nawijn ruziet met vader vermoorde Vaatstra". Elsevier.nl. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2014-05-17. [permanent dead link]
  17. ^ [3]
  18. ^ Aaf Brandt Corstius (2012-01-01). "Hilbrand Nawijn in een popsterrenbroek - archief nrc.nl". Vorige.nrc.nl. Archived from the original on 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  19. ^ "De Telegraaf, 14 mei 2007 - Hilbrand Nawijn presenteert Hey Jumpen". Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  20. ^ ANP (2008-02-21). "Oud-minister Hilbrand Nawijn terug in advocatuur - Binnenland - VK" (in Dutch). Volkskrant.nl. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Minister for Integration & Immigration
Succeeded by
Rita Verdonk