Migrant families should feel welcome

16th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 October 2007 THE HAGUE – The government should make more of an effort to make foreign employees and their families feel at home in the Netherlands. This is the recommendation was made by E-Quality, a government advisory board on emancipation issues.

16 October 2007
 
THE HAGUE – The government should make more of an effort to make foreign employees and their families feel at home in the Netherlands. This is the recommendation was made by E-Quality, a government advisory board on emancipation issues.

Only 25 percent of the foreigners, who are coming to the Netherlands to work, are women, according to E-Quality. The Netherlands is missing out on valuable employees, the advisory board argued on Tuesday.

One of the problems foreign employees from outside the EU are facing is that they are often uncertain about whether they can stay longer than a year. The partners of these migrants are therefore not willing to give up their jobs to join their spouses or partners.

The government should also do more for the families of labour migrants from the EU member states. Despite the fact that they may work in the Netherlands without any restrictions, they and their families often fail to integrate.

Labour migrants and their families from Poland, Romania and Bulgaria should be given the opportunity to take an integration course on a voluntary basis. Last week the government argued that EU citizens couldn’t be forced to take an integration course.

The advisory board also pointed at the position of live in domestic staff from abroad. They often work illegally in the Netherlands. The government should take measures to prevent abuse of foreign domestic staff. An example is Canada where live in domestic staff can obtain a two-year residence permit.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news

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