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.


Evolution and characteristics of labour migrationto the Netherlands

This chapter presents a detailed profile of labour migration to the Netherlands in recent years. It discusses the share of labour migrants among total migration inflows in recent years and examines the composition of both permanent and temporary labour migration flows. Special attention is given throughout to differences between labour migrants from within the European Union and those from non-EU countries. The stocks of labour migrants and international students are characterised. The chapter concludes with an overview of labour migrants’ outcomes in the Dutch labour market, including an assessment of effects from the financial crisis in 2007/08.


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