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Netherlands – Staffing market unaffected despite negative perceptions from migrant workers

31 August 2012

Migrant workers from Eastern and Central Europe feel less welcome in the Netherlands than they used to but this does not seem to have affected the Dutch staffing market, new research shows today.

Workers mainly feel unwelcome because of the “Poland hotline”, introduced by the right-wing party PVV allowing members of the public to complain about migrant workers. 40% of the 9,000 workers surveyed for the Dutch staffing firm Otto Work Force felt unwelcome in the country, compared to 27% who did.

While the image of the Netherlands may have suffered in Poland, the association of Dutch staffing companies (ABU) does not believe this has affected recruitment from Eastern Europe. Rising unemployment in the region is one of the reasons why, making people more willing to come to the Netherlands for work.

“Our members experienced no difficulties in recruitment in Eastern Europe,” Jochem de Boer, the Policy Officer for ABU told the newspaper Financieel Dagblad. But ABU has harshly condemned the anti-Poland hotline and warned about demographical consequences.

The director of staffing firm Otto, Frank van Gool, was shocked about the results as the Netherlands ranked low on the list of top destinations for migrant workers. Only 1% rated it as their favourite, compared to 13% for Germany or 11% for the UK. 

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