Work permits double for new EU states
17 August 2004
AMSTERDAM — The number of work permits issued by the Netherlands to expats from Central and Eastern Europe has risen sharply since EU enlargement last May, it was revealed Tuesday.
The Centre for Pay and Employment (CWI) said 11,000 work permits were granted in the period May to July, compared with 5,000 in the same period last year.
More than 8,000 of the new permits were given to Polish workers, a spokesperson for the CWI told news agency AFP.
Earlier this year the Netherlands joined the majority of the 15 pre-May member states in imposing restrictions on the entry and freedom of movement of workers from the eight Central and Eastern European countries joining the EU.
Maltese and Greek Cypriot nationals are exempt from the restrictions and do not require a work permit to work in the Netherlands.
The Dutch government decided people from the Czech Republic, Estonia,Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia must obtain a permit to work here.
The CWI has made exceptions for hard-to-fill jobs in the Netherlands. Currently these positions are long-distance drivers, slaughterhouse workers and laboratory assistants.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news