Holland to remain close to Bulgarians, Romanians
For the next three years, Bulgarians and Romanians will need to apply for a permit to work in the Netherlands.28 November 2008
THE HAGUE – Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner has decided that the Dutch borders will remain closed to Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers for another three years, following urgent appeals from parliament.
Most political parties want to keep Bulgarians and Romanians out of the Netherlands because of the worsening economic conditions and the problems involving the housing of migrant workers and exploitation.
When Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU, member states were given the option of imposing limits on the free movement of workers from these two countries for a three-year period.
The minister would have preferred a shorter period; he points out that eastern European workers are more than welcome in flourishing sectors such as horticulture.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]