Recruiting Immigrant Workers: The Netherlands 2016

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The Dutch labour migration system has undergone substantive changes in recent years. To induce a transition to more high-skilled migration, a programme based on salary thresholds has grown in volume while a programme based on work permits after a labour market test has shrunk. New programmes target international graduates either of Dutch educational institutions or of selected institutions abroad. Changes to immigration procedures have shifted responsibility to migrants' employers and have greatly reduced processing times. This review first examines the composition of labour migration to the Netherlands, in the context of present and expected demand in the Dutch labour market. Following a discussion of various programmes and procedures, the review assesses how labour migration contributes to the strategic development of sectors and to employment in regions. It then explores the determinants for the retention of high-skilled migrants and for the integration of international graduates into the Dutch labour market.



Attracting and retaining skilled migrants and international students in the Netherlands

The chapter draws on a number of indicators to gauge the position of the Netherlands in the context of global competition for skilled migrants and talent. Possible issues in the retention of knowledge migrants and international students are highlighted. Econometric analyses estimate the retention rates of highly educated migrants and graduates of Dutch universities and analyse their determinants. Special attention is paid to the effect of partners’ employment on the retention of knowledge migrants, and the effect of combining work and studies on the retention of international students.


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