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More highly-skilled migrants came to Holland last year

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Some 5,800 people came to the Netherlands to work under the highly-skilled migrant (kennismigrant) scheme last year, including a record 1,880 academics, the immigration service IND said in its annual report, published on Tuesday.

The total is up slightly on 2010, the IND said.

Most highly-skilled migrants came from India (2,020) followed by the US (780), Japan (360) and China (230), the IND said. People from outside the EU can come to the Netherlands as a 'knowledge migrant' to work for an established company if they earn more than €51,000 a year.

Last year, the IND carried out 46 checks to make sure knowledge migrant wages were not being inflated in order to give people easier access to the Netherlands. In 25 cases, permits were not granted.

The list of companies which fall under the scheme has also been cut from 6,000 to 1,500 by weeding out firms which have not participated for some time.

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Readers' comments (15)

The western values suggest equality and freedom for all, that means society must allow religious freedom. The Jews and Christians have Kosher meat and Church schools, yet when Muslims simply ask for the very same teatment. the Islamphobic secular right wing jump up and down, screaming that somehow western values have been attacked.Sharia courts are for Muslim community not for any body else. The Jews through out Europe have their own religious courts. Similarly state funded Muslim schools are for Muslim children. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

By Iftikhar Ahmad | March 20, 2012 8:42 PM

so, last year out of some 5000 permits, only 46 were checked???
now I understand how it happens that so many people I know are here with highly-skilled visa and not meeting the "highly-skilled" requirement, or how many people have been granted with the 30% rule and, again, no highly-skilled or no "rare" skills in Dutch job market.
Is it so difficult to carry out more extensive checkes?

By joanna | March 21, 2012 7:44 AM

I would like to see a report on how many left the Netherlands the last few years due to ongoing racism that is being promoted from the top in Dutch society.

By jason buttle | March 21, 2012 7:49 AM

Also people from romania and bulgaria come with knowledge migrant, at least that was the only way for me to come here.

By claudia | March 21, 2012 8:41 AM

I am here as knowledge migrant and some of my colleagues, coming from India do not earn for sure 51000 eur/year. However, they do not deserve as well; I wonder why they have beeb brought here? They have not even medium skills and certainly do not have high skills to match the requirements of the Dutch market. Why they are here?

By Anjou | March 21, 2012 9:13 AM

Very soon..... they will be accused of stealing dutch jobs and a website should be created for them ....cos they are suspects..

By imported | March 21, 2012 1:26 PM

We should only except highly skilled migrants from 1st world countries, taking people from the 3rd world is morally wrong because the 3rd world countries need these people to build there own countries. For example taking a doctor from a country that has an extreme shortage of doctors is wrong.

By Phil | March 22, 2012 12:22 PM

@Phil: developed countries are very tough markets on high skilled jobs. High-skilled migrants are not desperate, usually, they only come to NL or else if they feel the opportunity is good. And if NL wants the immigrant and (s)he wants to come, there is nothing wrong in hiring someone from an underdeveloped country. A person career is more important than considerations about "his/her country of origin" needs her.

By Andre L. | March 22, 2012 2:05 PM

I dont think this statement is true "People from outside the EU can come to the Netherlands as a 'knowledge migrant' to work for an established company if they earn more than €51,000 a year."
The 51K limit is only applicable for people above 30 years of age. For people below 30, the limit is roughly 37K.

By V | March 22, 2012 2:18 PM

Nice logic there, Phil. But hey, if it lets you sleep at night....

By Stupid | March 22, 2012 2:30 PM

@anjou - they are here because the business (read companies) think they are skilled, hardworking and don't bitch around about how stressful the work is. I'm pretty sure none of the business is stupid enough to not figure who's skilled and who's not.

and last but not the least nobody is going to tell you his/her salary because who knows you'll then start bitching around about your salary and deservingness(if that is a word)

By xetadog | March 22, 2012 2:33 PM

Why the record number of academics?

I doubt there were many medical doctors. I think they must speak dutch to work here in healthcare.

On another note, I think this K-migrant and spouse will be leaving soon. It does not matter where you are from you will never be Dutch enough.

How can you tell a 1st world person from a 2nd world person? Skin color, speech, an ID tag on their shirt? Its a slippery slope and things are headed the wrong way.

By methinks | March 22, 2012 4:29 PM

The moment I saw this news, I knew there is going to be some noise about Indians on this forum.

I am from India - and I work here - but I do not qualify for the 30% ruling because I also studied here. So, for those asking why they see foreigners in jobs that pay less than 51k - thats your answer. They probably also studied here. Also, the law allows a lower income for people who have fresh masters degree.

I think some people just feel good about foreigners coming from US but not from the smaller countries.

By Gaurav | March 22, 2012 5:00 PM

@anjou: Ist, I doubt you are an Indian;-) 2nd, You bitch quite well! Worry bout urself n let IND decide for others!
People who worry about 30% ruling, plz understand paying flat rent neutralises that gain.

By worldisnotenough | March 22, 2012 7:28 PM

@Anjou : Something seem to be consistently wrong with recruiting team in your company! they 'brought' those not-even-meduim-skilled Indians and you. In any case, it is clear that you are not skilled enough to recruit

By reader | March 23, 2012 4:52 AM

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