Almost no country in Europe as xenophobic as the Netherlands

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Romania's labour minister argues that the Netherlands' fear over mass immigration of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals is overblown.

 Almost no country in Europe as xenophobic as the Netherlands

In an interview with Trouw, Romania's labour minister argues that the Netherlands has become "racist" and that the fear of mass immigration from Romania and Bulgaria is "overblown".

Mariana Câmpeanu's September 9 meeting with her Dutch and Bulgarian counterparts at the labour migration summit in The Hague has come at a time when the opening of Dutch borders to Romanian and Bulgarian workers, which is scheduled for 2014, is increasingly controversial.

The minister appealed to the Dutch media to "emphasise the contribution that east Europeans make to the Dutch economy," instead of focusing on Romanian criminals in Netherlands.

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Reprinted with permission of Presseurop.




3 Comments To This Article

  • Gina posted:

    on 11th September 2013, 12:25:03 - Reply

    Anway, for all of you fellow expats, I read a while ago that you can legally avoid paying their ridiculously high income taxes by showing up and not staying over 182 days a year in the country ('183 days rule'). Why not just do that, and go back to Romania for a nice long holiday from the 183rd day. You would have already taken twice the amount a Dutch local takes home, since your gross salary is left completely untaxed (all you make gross, you get to keep, while the Dutch hand in almost half of it to the social securites and tax). So you work half the year, and enjoy a full year pay!! Also, remember to translate your home country's Health insurance, to an 'EU' one so that you get access to hospitals in NL, so that the Dutch can't chase you down to pay their ridiculously high national health insurance. That saves you another close to 1.5k per year. I am sure you will sip your cocktail with a BIG smile on your face during your holidays around the Black Sea. [Edited by moderator]
  • Steve posted:

    on 11th September 2013, 11:30:27 - Reply

    when countries open their borders, that is without exception always the result of signed FTA (Foreign Trade Agreements).

    I think that when a country's population hate to see foreigners come in, then, they should allow their governments to void the signed FTA. For instance, the tulips exporting companies in NL should immediately cease crossing Romania borders with tulips. Because that part, about import-export IS part of the FTA. You can't only ban workers and still take in Romania business. I have no clue how beneficial it is for NL to sign the FTA, but my guess is that it is very lucrative to the employers and Dutch multinationals, and most likely less beneficial for the ordinary Jan living in NL. But the country doesn't belong to 'Jan' alone, nor was the FTA signed by 'Jan'.
    In addition, I think it will be good (regardless of where they hail from) to have workers willing to be paid minimum wage and doing plumber jobs etc, because i think it is outrageous that I can't get one on sundays, or that I need to pay a plumber close to what a lawyer would get on a per hour basis. The service industry in NL, cost wise, has gone totally out of control.
  • carrico posted:

    on 10th September 2013, 21:14:13 - Reply

    I agree the borders should be open. However, in view of recent world-wide xenophobia, I find the sentiment against this idea entirely understandable.