Dutch borders closed to Romanians, Bulgarians

24th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands will keep its borders closed to workers from Romania and Bulgaria when the two countries join the EU on 1 January.

24 November 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands will keep its borders closed to workers from Romania and Bulgaria when the two countries join the EU on 1 January.

It means employers taking on Romanians and Bulgarians will still have to apply for a work permit on their behalf, Radio Netherlands reported.

Workers from the two countries will only be granted a work permit if no employee from the Netherlands or other EU countries can be found.

The Dutch government wants to prevent cheap workers flooding the labour market. The measure will be reviewed after two years.

The Netherlands also imposed restrictions on workers from the new EU states after the 'big bang' expansion in May 2004.

Those restrictions are only now being gradually lifted.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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