OCCUPATION: Deputy minister for Social Affairs, Netherlands
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PRO: Labor Party minister who occupies a second tier cabinet position, one of the first two Muslims to have made it this close to the heart of Dutch political power. The Netherlands, like much of Western Europe, is struggling to come to terms with how immigration is changing its identity.
CON: Aboutaleb didn't win full control of the ministry as he had hoped; the top post went to the Christian Democratic Party, one of the two other ruling players in the coalition government.
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