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EU warns the Netherlands on Polish deportation plan

Saturday 26 February 2011

Europe’s justice commissioner Viviane Reding has warned the Netherlands that it must respect EU rules on the freedom of movement between member states.

The Telegraaf says the minister was referring to plans by home affairs minister Henk Kamp to deport Polish migrant workers who lose their jobs or cause a public nuisance.

If the Netherlands fails to comply with EU legislation, the commission will make its position ‘loud and clear’, the commissioner said. ‘All member states are equal and the rules are transparent,’ she said.

On Friday, Poland’s ambassador to the Netherlands said recent anti-Polish statements by politicians ‘border on discrimination’.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

'Foreign rule' all over again. in the Netherlands we should be able to make our own decisions without interferance from Brussels.. this European Union things brings us more trouble than good.. and in the end we will be left without ouw own Identity.

By Brian van R | 26 February 2011 2:33 PM

Although I am British and my partner is Dutch we live in multi-cultural London and if The Netherlands deports any EU citizen simply because they are unemployed then The Netherlands should be expelled from the European Union. What is it with all of this xenophobic nationalist nonsense emanating from NL these days? It's disgusting.

By Steve O'Grady | 27 February 2011 10:11 AM

Finally some good news, at least to see why EU exist.

By Dutch | 28 February 2011 8:08 AM

Good. I hope the EU lays some heavy fines in NL for this ridiculous nonsense. This is the only way to change this tide of racism and the anti-foreigner political movement in NL - very heavy fines and penalties that will hurt the Dutch in their wallets and bank accounts. Then things will change here very quickly. Apparently shaming them for their behavior doesn't have much of an effect, but the financial penalties will, I'm sure.

By Bill | 28 February 2011 8:38 AM

I would let Steve live in the real multicultural district. He would maybe change his space thoughts.

By Karel | 28 February 2011 8:44 AM

Maybe this is an interesting read for you, Steve O'Grady:

By holly g | 28 February 2011 9:03 AM

Not only do I speak read and write Dutch I have Dutch qualifications too. However when applying for a job the first question is how old are you? anything over 22 is relegated to the waste bin..
Even a job for native English speaker..They phoned were so happy to have found such a well spoken educated person until I gave my date of birth then they could hang up quick enough, if only we could only find away to make ourselves 20 again we might actually stand a chance at employment regardless of our langauge skills.
I am leaving since foreigners here legally from the EU or elsewhere will never be treated equally.Under EU law you can travel work,and reside in another member nation,whether speaking the language or not.The Dutch are breaking the law requiring EU citizens to register.A good paying job will never be given to a foreigner who wants to stay.That is reserved for only the native(white)Dutch.No matter if you learn and speak fluent Dutch,it is never "proper".You will be mocked and spoken back to in English.They use foreigners to clean their toilets,wash their dishes,and empty their trash.African and Arab people are forced to learn the language(with no English) and are looked at as servants.The Dutch openess and tolerance is a big facade.

By tabby | 28 February 2011 1:38 PM

We live in a new era. Social mobility is part of this process. Dutch can travel work in other parts of the world. The same should apply in reverse. 10 years ago the Netherlands was a dynamic and exciting place to live, something has changed! What goes around, comes around. It might be mindful for Dutch politicians that only use xenophobic language instead of articulating intelligent and well thought policy to think a little into the future. There will come a time when large parts of the Dutch populous WILL become Climate Change refugees. Will our EU neighbours take in such an inward looking group of people? Mock if you wish, this is closer to reality than you think!

By Victor Meldrew | 28 February 2011 5:09 PM

Henk Kamp to deport Polish migrant workers who lose their jobs or cause a public nuisance.

They lost their jobs and causing public nuisance, .....DEPORT THEM never mind what Brussels says!!!!

By Tommy:H | 28 February 2011 8:10 PM

So all other countries in eu or the world will kick out dutch people??

By Pablo in nl | 28 February 2011 8:33 PM

If The netherlands refuses to accept directives from the EU it should be booted out unceremoniously. Still , better to boot out
this appalling government which disgraces this country.

By Edward Ka-Spel | 28 February 2011 9:52 PM

Steve Grady - thanks for your well expressed and correct comment. Yes the attitude here regarding many foriegners is indeed 'disgusting'. Sadly many Dutch people do not even realize just how disgusting this type of behaviour and attitude really is. This is why comments like yours, from the outside world, are very much appreciated.

By Bill | 1 March 2011 3:57 PM

Are you suggesting, Bill, that in the UK (or in any other European country) is no xenophobia? I hate what is happening in the Netherlands, but unfortunately it is a disease in all western countries.

By pepe | 2 March 2011 9:19 AM

Steve O'Grady I also agree with your comment. I find the Dutch attitude to non- Dutch immature and ugly, and makes it hard for me to respect them. If only they knew (or cared) how they come across!

By Bella | 4 July 2011 9:08 PM

Sad as I am to say it, I think the only way the Dutch will learn just how xenophobic and racist they are is when foreigners outside of Holland start to treat the Dutch living in their country with the same kind of disrespect and disdain. This level of arrogance and 17th century colonism needs to go. Holland has already lost their title for being gay friendly years ago. Let's be honest: what's left of this country to attract foreigners or visitors for that matter? Good weather and fabulous food?

By Michael | 4 July 2011 9:56 PM

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