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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.

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Matching labour migrants with labour demand in the Dutch economy

This chapter examines three aspects of matching labour migrants with labour demand in the Netherlands: how is the selection of highly skilled labour migrants affected by the use of salary thresholds in the knowledge migrant programme? Is the Dutch top sector approach reflected in the distribution of migrants over sectors? Have regions in the periphery of the Netherlands attracted their fair share of labour migrants? Most analyses in this chapter include EU/EFTA as well as non-EU/EFTA migrants, but particular attention is given to highly skilled migrants.

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