Stephanie Winet, Head of stakeholder engagement, International Organisation of Employers, Geneva / firstname.lastname@example.org
Labour migration is here to stay. Due to the open
European borders, international labour mobility has become a structural
fact of life. The Netherlands too is no longer able to cope without
labour migrants. There are insufficient Dutch workers available to do
the work they do. Now that the economy is once again improving and the
24-hour economy has become the norm, the need for workers from Central
and Eastern Europe is significantly increasing. That demand is expected
to continue to increase over the coming years. Because due to the
greying of our population, the size of the workforceg willdecrease
starting in 2021.
In short: there is a major economic
necessity to keep our labour supply up to par. To do this, labour
migrants are indispensable. This is why we have to create a climate in
which labour migrants feel welcome and in which there must be a
sufficient supply of housing, quantitatively, as well as qualitatively.
However, perceptions about labour migrants often tend to be negative.
Comments such as 'they are stealing our jobs and homes' are often heard.
This White Paper published by ABU, the Dutch industry
association for private employment agencies, explores whether such
statements are in fact justified. The paper also takes a look at
solutions to inferior housing and scarcity on the local housing market,
which drive up rental prices.