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Netherlands — Increased cross-border commuting by temporary employees from Germany

30 June 2010

There has been a significant increase of cross-border commuters from Germany and to a lesser degree, from Belgium into the Netherlands over the past few years, Andre Corpeleijn of the Dutch Statistics Office (CBS) told Belgian magazine NederBelgisch.

According to CBS, there were 35,000 cross-border commuters from Germany and Belgium in 2005. In 2009 this figure has risen to 90,000.

25% of cross-border commuters are temporary employees, which is a very high figure considering that temporary employment in Europe only accounts for roughly 2% of the workforce.

CBS explains that the Dutch labour market is relatively favourable, workers are increasingly mobile and cross-border co-operation among the authorities has improved significantly.

Interestingly, 50% of cross-border employees who work in the Netherlands are people with Dutch passports who have settled just across the border in either Germany or Belgium over the last few years.



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