British PM's calls for EU migration restrictions are 'interesting': Asscher

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Dutch social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher thinks British calls for limits to EU migration are ‘potentially interesting’ and plans to study them further, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.

British prime minister David Cameron has suggested a raft of measures to limit inter-EU migration ahead of the end of restrictions on people from Bulgaria and Romania at the beginning of next year.

The Telegraaf says Asscher plans to raise the ‘negative impact' of free movement for people from Eastern Europe at the next EU leaders' summit on December 9. The minister is also making agreements with Poland, Romania and Bulgaria to stop workers being exploited.

According to the Independent newspaper, the Netherlands and Austria back Britain's call for tighter restrictions.

Code orange

In August, Asscher made his own plea for restrictions, issuing a ‘code orange alert' for the European labour market.

The resettlement of so many people from eastern Europe in the west has had a 'disruptive effect on some of our poorer and less well educated citizens in the richer EU states like the UK and the Netherlands,' the article, written together with British commentator David Goodhart, stated.

According to the national statistics office CBS, some 600,000 people from other EU countries currently live in the Netherlands and 20,000 of them are claiming jobless or welfare benefits.


3 Comments To This Article

  • Blahdeblah posted:

    on 29th November 2013, 13:41:02 - Reply

    Ooooo, a whole 3.3% of all people from other EU countries! That's just outrageous! Asscher is such an idiot.

    But by all means, please restrict labor and go back to requiring work permits and tons of bureaucracy for everybody. It's a sure path to growth... oh wait, Asscher's govt just lost its AAA rating on a tanking economy. (And the Euro went up today, so the markets don't care about what happens in NL.)

    Good luck with that.
  • My Hero posted:

    on 29th November 2013, 13:24:01 - Reply

    Exactly. Cameron and the others have done nothing about it. Vote UKIP to make a change before its too late, lets give our children a future.
  • Bruce posted:

    on 29th November 2013, 13:10:30 - Reply

    All smoke and mirrors to give the impression of 'doing something about it' before the euro elections next year.