Albayrak considers circular migration

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21 June 2007, UTRECHT – Temporarily admitting foreigners who want to work or study in the Netherlands can help reduce the problem of unwanted immigration.

21 June 2007

UTRECHT – Temporarily admitting foreigners who want to work or study in the Netherlands can help reduce the problem of unwanted immigration.

State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak therefore wants to seriously look into this possibility – also called circular migration – in the coming years.

Albayrak said this in a speech she gave at the Dutch Refugee Council as part of World Refugee Day on Wednesday.

"I am not being naïve about this: we will really have to look into how we can guarantee that this kind of migration is temporary." If that succeeds, Albayrak expects fewer problems with illegal immigration and economic refugees.

In order to make this approach a success, the Netherlands must cooperate with other EU member states. This is also the case with other migration issues, Albayrak said. The state secretary feels that immigration matters must be placed higher on the common European agenda.

Albayrak already promised Parliament this spring that she would work on a trial project involving circular migration.

The ministry of social affairs is also involved in the preparatory research on a trial project because of the possible consequences for the labour market. The restricted migration must not pose any unfair competition for workers in the Netherlands.

The state secretary said that a condition for the trial must be that the Netherlands itself benefits from the measure. A country that sends migrants to work here as part of the trial could be asked to take back illegal aliens in return, for instance.

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