Unemployed foreigners not welcome in Vaals

27th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The local council of Vaals in the southern province of Limburg plans on showing the door to unemployed citizens from new EU member states from September.

Alderman Jean-Paul Kompier made the announcement on Wednesday following reports in regional newspapers. Reason for the council’s move is the large number of foreigners on welfare in the small Limburg border town.

Vaals is the first local council in Limburg and possibly the Netherlands to make use of a European guideline to keep out Europeans without money or income. Just across the border, the Belgian town of Plombières has already introduced the EU guideline.

Vaals has fewer than 10,000 inhabitants of whom 300 are living on welfare. About 40 percent of those 300 are from other European countries. According to Alderman Kompier, nine out of every 100 people who want to settle in Vaals apply for benefits. The council says the percentage is higher than in major cities such as Rotterdam. Vaals spends 400,000 euros a year on welfare benefits.

The alderman specifically mentioned Poles and Romanians as having great difficulty finding a job because of their limited knowledge of the Dutch language.

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