On a trip to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said Europe must come to terms with the financial cost of the refugee crisis, and that the countries must agree on each nation making a fair monetary contribution to address the situation. Europe’s leaders are to meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss progress in handling the refugee crisis.
The arrival of migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe has caused the displacement of Dutch employees in a number of industries. It is cheaper for employers to hire staff through foreign companies as they often don't have to pay social insurance or make pension contributions.
Starting New Year's Day 2014, Romanian and Bulgarian people have free movement throughout the European Union, and tens of thousands of people could move to the Netherlands. The vast majority of Dutch people believes that too many migrants from Eastern Europe have settled in the Netherlands, and they create problems for local residents.