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Commenting article: Netherlands Labor Market Remains Closed for Bulgarians, Romanians

The labor market of the Netherlands will remain closed for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens, the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad reported on Sunday.

The requirement that Bulgarians and Romanians need a special work permit to work in the Netherlands was supposed to be abolished as of January 1, 2009.
NellieotAmerica - 23 Feb 2009 // 14:19:28

"But at least the Moroccans will now get a break"

The Moroccans and any other Muslims don't deserve a break. They should be got rid of and their mosques got rid of. At least the Polish, Bulgarians and Romanians are not Muslim and will not be replacing the windmills with mosques. How ignorant are you?

Tizzone8 - 23 Feb 2009 // 13:53:09

I live here in the Netherlands. I am American.

What they mean is that they do not like the polish, and they do not like romanians or Bulgarians, and they hoped to reduce the numbers of them coming here. Because they did the same thing when Poland entered the EU, they ended up with many Polish immigrants who were working illegally. The biggest stereotype is the Polish prostitute.
Now They are restricting Romanians and Bulgarians.
They cannot apply for work permits, because the employer has to do that. The employer must also prove that they need them over the people who are already living here and able to work. I went through the same thing, only I was able to find work, first an internship and then because I had a dutch boyfriend who I "lived with", they allowed me to work.
This is not the case with the new Union members, they have a special application for them and they are not budging on letting them work even if they are married to a dutch person.

Their hope to deter the Romanians has actually backfired. it first brought the street people and criminals, many from Italy where they were previously living illegally. The number of Romanians that came here this year were 3 times as many as last year. What I think they are doing is trying to find a new scapegoat.
But at least the Moroccans will now get a break

CreepyS - 19 Nov 2008 // 18:46:55

We have split Western Europe with our Slav brothers in a fair way - the Poles, the Russians and smaller tribes like Lituanians and Slovaks attack mainly Germany, the Netherlands, the UK - basically the countries in Northern Europe.

The Bulgarians and the Romanians like more the climat and the lifestyle of Italy, Spain and Greece so we invade mainly there although our Turks go as far as Sweden.

I guess "the circumstances with the Polish workers" mean that the Dutch hope that many Poles will go away at some point in time so that they can afford some Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants.

just me - 19 Nov 2008 // 18:18:53

"...quoted as saying that the Dutch labor market could not be open for the two newest EU members until the circumstances with the Polish workers in the Netherlands had not improved. "

They probably meant "had" improved instead of "had not." What, specifically, are they referring to as the "circumstances with the Polish workers?" Hard to believe the Poles' circumstances are the primary concern unless there's been some kind of adverse effect on the Dutch. Free movement is usually depicted as such a rosy idea.

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