Some 81% of the Dutch are opposed to opening the borders to people from Romania and Bulgaria next year, according to a Maurice de Hond poll carried out on behalf of the anti-immigration PVV.
The poll of 1,300 people shows 73% expect opening the borders will lead to a rise in crime and 74% think Dutch jobs will be lost to the newcomers.
‘It is crystal clear what the Dutch want,’ PVV leader Geert Wilder said in a statement. ‘The borders have to remain closed to workers from Romania and Bulgaria.’
Romanian and Bulgarian nationals are currently only allowed to work in the Netherlands with a special permit but that will change on January 1 next year.