VVD worried about "unemployment tourism"

16th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 July 2007, THE HAGUE – The liberal VVD wants European regulations amended to prevent "unemployment tourism." Since the borders were opened to workers from Eastern Europe on 1 May, these citizens are able to apply for unemployment benefits here if they become unemployed after having worked here for some time. These benefits are often much higher than in their own countries.

16 July 2007

THE HAGUE – The liberal VVD wants European regulations amended to prevent "unemployment tourism." Since the borders were opened to workers from Eastern Europe on 1 May, these citizens are able to apply for unemployment benefits here if they become unemployed after having worked here for some time. These benefits are often much higher than in their own countries.

Eligibility for unemployment benefits depends on how long someone has worked. An individual's work history in his home country is also taken into consideration. As a result, someone who has worked for a relatively short time in the Netherlands can receive unemployment benefits for quite a long time here.

VVD MP Stef Blok predicts that migrants will be flooding Western European countries and wants to make it less attractive to apply for benefits in the Netherlands. "You could introduce unemployment benefits that not only take into account one's work history, but also the average salary earned."

Earlier this year Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner told Blok that there are no indications that migrants are coming to the Netherlands in order to apply for unemployment benefits.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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