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The Netherlands wants immigrants
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The Hague, Netherlands

The Netherlands wants immigrants

Published on : 12 February 2010 - 2:26pm | By John Tyler (Radio Netherlands Worldwide)
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It will soon be easier to come to the Netherlands to work or study. A new law making its way through parliament will streamline residency application procedures.

The Netherlands wants to encourage people to come here. Notwithstanding a perceived anti-immigrant mood in the country, policy makers say the Netherlands is an attractive option for foreigners. And the country needs them.
"We have the need for far more highly skilled people than we can ever produce here in the Netherlands," says deputy justice minister Nebahat Albayrak. She is responsible for Dutch immigration policy.

She is referring to highly skilled immigrants. Under a policy in force since 2004, 19,000 high skilled migrants have come to The Netherlands for work. The new procedures make it easier for such migrants.

But the proposed new policy will also help those looking for work who do not count as highly skilled, as well as those coming here to study.

How will visa applications change?

  1. In place of two applications for a residency visa, one submitted in the courty of origin and one upon arrival here in the Netherlands, only one application will be necessary.
  2. The length of a residency visa will be coupled with the reason for being in the Netherlands. For instance, a student pursuing a three-year programme will be granted a visa for three years.
  3. A number of businesses and universities will be recognized as regular sponsors for immigrants. Their applications will be handled faster.
  4. The time required for a company to arrange a work visa is reduced from 3 - 6 months, to 2-3 weeks.


  1. Fees, already higher than in other European countries, likely to rise even further.
  2. Privacy. Authorities will no longer evaluate an immigrant annually, since visas will be for longer periods. In exchange, more information about an immigrant may be monitored.
  3. Potential sponsors will be required to provide more proof of their good intentions. Penalties for abuse will become severe.

Competing with US & Canada
The driving force behind the new policies is to help the Netherlands compete with the United States and Canada when it comes to attracting highly skilled immigrants.

The European Union had a chance to offer the US more competition with the introduction of the blue card. But it fell short, because this permit's many restrictions limit the migrants' ability to move within the EU. The Netherlands, together with Finland, wants to go further. Certain categories of residency visas will be recognized by both countries. The hope is that other Scandinavian countries will join.

Brain drain

Some Dutch MPs are concerned about encouraging a brain drain from developing countries. They have urged the government to closely monitor the effect the new policy has on such countries.
The lower house of parliament is expected to approve the new policy in the coming week. If the proposal passes through the upper house, it will take effect in 2011.


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Daniël Stephanus du Toit 2 May 2014 - 9:05am / South Africa

Can you please help me I am an 32 year old white male from Bloemfontein in south Africa that want's to relocate and migrate to the Netherlands can you kindly help me because I want to know how and where do I apply for migration thanks a lot waiting for your assistance

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i would like to make immigration to any modern country ,
i am financial manager , live in egypt with my family
i have tried harder to make immigration to different type of countries but never succeed because of the complicated procedures .
can you help me to find a good easy country to immigrate to

thank you

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Anonymous 22 November 2013 - 5:32am / Canada

This is sorta funny for me because I know my grandparents left the Netherlands because of how over crowded it was and now the Netherlands needs immigrants.

Anyway best of luck to everyone attempting to move there.

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My family wanted to migrate, my husband is a civil engineer, and i am an aesthetician, cosmetologist here, my eldest daughter is an architecture student on her 3rd year in college, can you help me on how to migrate in netherlands? What are our nessesarry documents we need to provide for us to accept as immigrant?

Thank you

Nshan Bakkalian 15 July 2012 - 9:24pm / Aleppo -Syria

hello , my name is nshan bakklian i live in aleppo syria and want to have a immigrant what i have to do to have and live in Netherland , i waiting your mail have a nice day thanks

Ahper 16 November 2012 - 8:56am / New Zealand

Barev Nshan,
Considering the situation in Syria and the fact that you're armenian, you could go to New Zealand if you can get a visa and apply for refugee status. Or otherwise go to Norway or other country that accepts refugees. If it gets too hard in Syria then you could try getting a job in Dubai, you speak Arabic and English so you could find a job there. I wish you all the best Astvats kez pahi.

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can i apply,please give information

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MarinusCDN 1 March 2011 - 12:37am / Canada

I wonder if they would allow expatriates back? Although I was born in the Netherlands, I was raised here in Canada. When I went back to The Netherlands to visit, I was shocked by all the protests at the "Plein" in Amsterdam. The most shocking part was that they were all yelling in English, and all the signs were in English, why were they not in Dutch? So I went over to ask what they were protesting about. He explained to me that all us "Americans" should leave and stop stealing from their country. I explained to him I was Canadian, he said then I should leave, I asked him in Dutch why I should leave since I was born here, He didn't understand what I was asking (Waarom weet ik ook niet?). But it wasn't a nice welcome to Amsterdam! I dont think I would feel all too welcome moving back to the Netherlands in its current atmosphere.

jerry barak 20 October 2010 - 2:07pm / Geert

actions are either rational or irrational, in relation to purpose. No matter how elaborate the rhetoric, it is obvious those who write share one basic assumption; that the institutions of government, in the Netherlands or in other Western European states, are essentially concerned with the welfare of their native populations. They may make mistakes in policy but their actual intention is never in doubt. I believe this is a dangerous and wrong assumption, and that the interests of others for example international capital and groups that have diametrically opposed visions of what these countries should become like , hold sway over the decision making process. Only then does the influx of large numbers, of what are basically useless people, and the ensuing creation of social unrest within ,in this case The Netherlands , capable of being understood. Having a large number of ignorant, stupid and belligerent, and criminal human garbage inside one's borders is an act aggression on the part of Government toward its native population. The calling of the , mostly rather pathetic and self serving politicians, like Geert Wilders, to want the same Governments to 'do something' is disingenuous, and useless (never trust a friend of Israel ). Sharkozy's actions to ban the burka , are meaningless and cynical actions to give the illusion of doing something when it is only a ploy to take the wind out of the more radical but unfortunately rather ineffective Le Pen . The only real action is to attack by whatever means, both the institutions of the State , the media and security forces for example , and the foreigners living in the old cities of Western Europe. The first priority is regaining the streets our cities , and this means violence, kill or twenty or so Arabs each for a week and see how many suddenly experience a desire to leave, target lawyers and 'friends' of poor suppressed refugees who , seem little trouble traveling back and forth to the places they fled from in terror ,once they have their state handout and visa, and see what happens. But all I hear now is the ba ba ba of sheep as they stupidly behind a Judas goat like Wilders to the slaugherhouse

Anonymous 24 September 2010 - 8:40pm / Canada

I would'nt move to the Netherlands with all those Muslims there. God help you in Holland if you say something they don't like. You'd be prosecuted just like Geert Wilders. The Netherlands is not a place of freedom any longer and I would'nt live there. A lot of Dutch are getting out and this is soooooo sad

No Dhimmi 13 September 2010 - 12:36am

Well, that's just completely idiotic. So intellectuals are leaving Holland - undoubtedly because of the immigration policies that are making it awful to live in many places - and the solution is to invite more unruly immigrants into your midst?

Dutch people, you are surely not so foolish! Follow Geert Wilders, or you will likely end up losing your country and nationality. Sorry, but those are the facts.

Julio 15 August 2010 - 1:13am / UK

I have a degree in Software Engineering, I'm living in the UK and I'm unemployed. Our beloved leader is leaving the door wide open for third world immigrants with computer skills to take IT jobs while people like me are left to rot. I would happily move from the UK to Holland if a job came up because I'm so sick of the gutless treacherous self serving sack of shit politicians we have here. How I loathe liberals.

Michelle 2 October 2010 - 7:14am / Holland - Amsterdam

With a degree in Software Engineering, you could apply to VNU Publitek, Tom Tom and a host of companies in the major Cities of Holland who are screaming out for Software Engineers and you do not need to use the Dutch Language.
Success and stop complaining, do something about your life, start networking, use monster board and blog sites to establish yourself in something less negative than self pity. Is easy to put the blame of unemployment on the government, but must they hold your hand all the time?
Take control of your life and use your skills to better yourself in or out of the U.K., does not have to be Holland, the world is your oyster, try it!

Julio 4 October 2010 - 10:10pm

I only read the first half of your post before replying, I don't see the need for the snotty tone of it. Did my criticism of liberals annoy you? Well liberals are brain dead traitorous filth, and I can see you have the same problem in your country.

I don't have any expectation from the UK government, they have after all bankrupted the country and flooded it with immigrants. It would just be nice if they would take a rest from f*cking the country up and start acting in the best interests of British citizens for a change.

Julio 4 October 2010 - 9:15pm / UK

Thanks for the advice. I did look on jobs boards for positions in Holland but there wasn't anything that fitted my experience and language skill.

Andre Lot 27 June 2010 - 12:39am

It amuses me how some commentators make outright assumptions whose merits are only to fit within already established stereotypes from The Netherlands...

John Timmermans 15 February 2010 - 6:13am

Furthermore, the Prime Minister of Australia wants the Muslims to live a life in that country as all other Australians. If they refuse they must leave that country. Nicolas Sarkozy President of French want Moslima's to quit wearing the burka and the niqab in schools government buildings and buses. 54 million Muslims already invaded Western Europe I can hear the clock tikking and the bomb will barst any time as already many bombs have exploded and have killed many innocent people, 9/11, in Spain, in England we can't take this much longer we have to stop the Muslim borders.

John Timmermans 15 February 2010 - 5:58am / Canada

MUSLIMS:Balkenende is importing thousands and thousands Somalians into their country. For years and years every day every paper in the Netherlands it's all about Muslims. It seems this government has no knowhow how to run a decent country and they are simple letting their country ruin by radical Maroccans. These Muslims refuse to integrate, 2/3 don't work of the almost 4 million Muslims, they are taking over the big cities rob stores and old people, they burn cars smash windows, fight with bus drivers' the cost to keep the Mulims runs at 9 miljard euro's per year, they have killed 2 Dutch people they want to kill G. Wilders. They want all of Europe tobe Islam and that is the only reason they move into those countries. The Netherlands will be a state of Marocco.

Slapshot 15 February 2010 - 4:24am / Canada

Dear Sandrav, obviously with a brilliant reponse such as yours, the Netherlands doesn't have to worry about your contributing to any brain drain dilemma should you ever decide to emmigrate!! David Berridge.

Abdul Okaka 13 February 2010 - 9:47pm

How do Geert and the PVV explain why there is a brain drain, and provide any answers as to how to go about reversing it?"

The competition for talent is becoming global. Compete or die. Forget about parties like the PVV. In an increasingly inter-linked world where policies need to formed at a global level, right-wing noisemakers will increasingly become irrelevant. The nation-state is not as independent as it used to be in the past. For instance, the ability of Dutch pension funds to meet their future obligations will be driven largely by what happens not just in the Amsterdam stock exchange but also in New York, Dubai and Shanghai.

Hiram 12 February 2010 - 6:58pm / USA

"How do Geert and the PVV explain why there is a brain drain, and provide any answers as to how to go about reversing it?".......If there is a "brain drain" in the Netherlands, one might first ask: Why are the Dutch people, who have the so called "brains", leaving the Netherlands? 1. Rising taxes to pay for more socialist services for the masses of immigrants, who are not educated with and type of skills, and offer nothing to society but receive plenty of benefits. 2. Better paying jobs with less taxes to pay. { Question: Why do you, the Dutch, need to import people from third world countries who are skilled? Offer those young, Dutch students with excellent trade/technical schools. Where do you get the funds to technical education? From the taxes you give away to support the non-productive immigrants Question: Why are they, the non-productive immigrants flocking to the Netherlands and leaving their countries? Is it because they are tired of paying taxes for the non-educated Europeans who flock into their countries for the outstanding social benefits. { The Netherlands needs to stop accepting the thousands of immigrants and start educating it's indigenous with the skills to compete. You become a third world country when all (majority) you accept into your country are non-skilled. How many more people can the Netherlands adopt?

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