European commissioners too easy on migration problem: Asscher

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Social affairs minsister Lodewijk Asscher says European commissioners Neelie Kroes and Laszlo Andor are trivialising his warning about low-skilled migration within the EU, the Volkskrant reports.

In a newspaper article last month, Asscher said the Netherlands should be on orange alert to warn about some of the 'negative consequences of the free movement of workers within the European Union'.

'We need to watch out: in some places the dykes are in danger of bursting,' Asscher said in the article, which focused on the risk to Dutch jobs posed by the arrival of cheaper workers from other EU countries.

Hans Brinker

Kroes reacted with an opinion piece in which she said the minister is like Hans Brinker, the little boy who put his finger in the dyke to stop it bursting. 'Are we really going to say no to skilled workers merely because they are from another country?' the commissioner asked.

Social affairs commissioner Andor said in an interview with newspaper BNDeStem that Asscher is exaggerating. 'At times of crisis, politicians always try to connect with their electorate's fears,' he said.

Asscher told the Volkskrant on Friday European politicians always 'have convulsions' when labour migration is mentioned. The commissioners are trivialising and making fun of his warning, the Volkskrant quoted him as saying and he renewed calls for a 'serious discussion' with the commission about migration issues.


3 Comments To This Article

  • elvis posted:

    on 9th September 2013, 21:44:07 - Reply

    Mr. Ascher, I am an expat, non EU. I am only here till 3 more years passes before my 30% ruling expires. I just accepted a job offer after its compensation was corrected for a second time that, unfortunately, happened to be in NL. And the compnay HR did an excellent job luring me into believing NL is really a quality 1st world country but it is not. So dream on if you think any real hard working educated sane migrant would rather settle and invest (or spend his money) in your overpriced, overcrowded, overexpensive, over governed land (I order all my goods and clothing from the US/Germany). [Edited by moderator]
  • vinesh posted:

    on 9th September 2013, 19:00:13 - Reply

    Please God, may many hard working, WILLING immigrants come and help us expats out of our current misery of having to put up with shops closing way to early, service desks sending us off with 'kan niet, kan niet = can not, can not' mantras, (native) plumbers overcharging AND unwilling to show up after working hours or weekends. Eastern Europeans will service people a lot better, and not sit at home getting some sort of welfare like the Dutch.
    PLEASE dear God, may I actually be able to order 'service' and effectively GET service for my hard earned euros.
  • blahdeblah posted:

    on 9th September 2013, 12:56:31 - Reply

    So Asscher is out standing in a field. Wow. Couldn't see that one coming. You'd wonder when Dutch politicians would realise that most of the rest of Europe: a) doesn't care, b) ignores The Hague, c) belittles The Hague, d) knows that Dutch politicians make stuff up in order to shift blame from their own incompetence and stupidity but merely look even stupider and more incompetent as a result, e) all of the above.