New system mooted for knowledge migrants

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19 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — The cabinet on Friday discussed the introduction of a points system for knowledge migrants to compensate for the impending shortage of university trained workers in the Netherlands.

19 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — The cabinet on Friday discussed the introduction of a points system for knowledge migrants to compensate for the impending shortage of university trained workers in the Netherlands.

The proposal was tabled by Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk at the weekly meeting of ministers. Potential migrants will be judged on a points system and account will be taken of the shortage of skilled people per sector of the economy, RTL News reported.

The immigration services in Australia and New Zealand use similar systems. Verdonk is also proposing easing the entry requirements for seasonal workers.

The broadcaster got its hands on a copy of her plans before the cabinet meeting, during which other ministers were expected to take Verdonk to task for the way she has dealt the doubt about the naturalisation of former MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

The leak emerged a day after Chairman Deckle Terpstra of the HBO Raad, or higher education council, warned there will be a shortfall of 75,000 university trained people in the Dutch labour market by 2010. He called for a summit of educational institutes, employers, employees and the government later this year to discuss the situation.

The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) introduced a knowledge migrant scheme last year. This allows for easy access into the Dutch labour market for non-EU nationals, who earn at least EUR 45,000. The Dutch employer must also be officially accepted by the IND as a participant in the system.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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