Eastern Europe is flourishing, with falling unemployment and rising wages. While this is great news for countries like Romania and Poland, it is a blow to the Dutch business world. Especially for companies that are increasingly dependent on migrant workers, ABN Amro said in a new report on labor migration, RTL Nieuws reports.
The municipalities of Maasdriel, Zuidplas, Zaltbommel and Tiel want to reduce the number of Polish and Romanian migrant workers living in residential neighborhoods, in order to keep the areas livable for local residents, RTL Nieuws reports.
The number of migrant workers from Eastern Europe grew significantly in these municipalities over the past years. Local residents complain about noise pollution and streets packed with cars with Eastern European license plates, according to the newspaper.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be visiting the 270 Dutch soldiers stationed in Rukla, Lithuania on Thursday and Friday. Commander of the Armed Forces Tom Middendorp will accompany him on this visit, NOS reports.
The Dutch troops are part of the NATO force aimed at preventing Russia from taking root in the Baltic states. The soldiers also serve the purpose of reassuring the Eastern European allies.
Rutte's program includes a number of events, including a demonstration by NATO troops and a meeting with Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite.
Netflix is planning an expansion of its Amsterdam operations to eventually accomodate over 400 employees. The video-on-demand, production and distribution firm wants the office to become its customer service headquarters for its clients in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Five residents from Amsterdam and Zaandam have been taken into custody under suspicion of human trafficking and the exploitation of workers from Eastern Europe. The investigation into forgery and exploitation was launched by the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and the Functional Public Prosecution of the Prosecutor.
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.
A record number of tips related to sex trafficking were called into the Meld Misdaad Anoniem, an anonymous crime watch hotline, with nearly two-thirds of the calls playing a substantial role in criminal investigations. Between June 2014 and this past April, operators received 297 reports of coercion, forced prostitution, exploitation, and prostitution in unlicensed locations, with 33 cases possibly involving child victims.
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.
According to a police report, the police are on the track of a new form of passport fraud by Eastern Europeans.
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.
Bulgarian syndicates commit large-scale fraud involving allowances and benefits in the Netherlands. They do this by sending compatriots to the Netherlands and letting them register as 'ghost citizens' with the local authorities. This was reported by research reporter Siebe Sietsma of RTL Nieuws, based on an investigation by the Rotterdam police.