Thursday 09 February 2023




Netherlands gives €10m to quake-hit Syria

The Dutch government is to give €10 million in aid to Syria in the wake of the earthquake that has left at least 2,500 people dead in a country already torn apart by civil war. Overseas aid minister Liesbeth Schreinemacher said support for Syria was complicated by the lack of diplomatic ties and sanctions against president Bashar Al-Assad’s regime that restrict access to the country. The affected region includes the cities of Aleppo and Homs, which have been devastated by... More >




Court rejects refugee family reunion ban

Cabinet restrictions on refugees bringing their families to the Netherlands conflict with both Dutch and European law, the highest Dutch administrative court said on Wednesday. The Council of State was looking at three cases in which refugees with residency permits had been stopped from bringing their partner and children to the Netherlands because of the rule. Wednesday’s ruling means asylum minister Erik van der Burg will have to rethink the ban he imposed on family reunions if the successful applicant... More >








Groningen appoints professor of Frisian

The University of Groningen has now appointed a professor of Frisian language and culture following a storm of protest at the abolition of the post last year. When the last professor retired, the university decided to employ a senior lecturer for the post, in contravention of a provincial funding agreement which stipulates a professorship. The university said at the time it had been unable to find the right candidate for the job. That claim was disputed by Arjen Dijkstra, director... More >



Daycare centres struggle to find staff

The number of unfilled vacancies at childcare centres has quadrupled in four years,  increasing pressure on existing staff, a survey by statistics agency CBS has shown. In 2022, some 117,000 people worked in daycare compared to 97,000 in 2019. The number of vacancies increased from 1,600 in 2018 to 6,600 in the third quarter of 2022. There are currently 55 vacancies for every 1,000 workers, compared to 17 in 2018, the CBS calculated. Around 61% of childcare workers said work... More >


Utrecht clean-up starts after 7-day strike

Refuse collectors in Utrecht are going back to work at the end of a seven-day strike in which tonnes of rubbish piled high in the city’s streets. Unions have warned council workers will go on strike other municipalities in the coming weeks in an ongoing dispute over pay. The FNV union is demanding a 12% increase for its members, while the Dutch local government association NVG has offered 5% this year and 3% next year. Work to start clearing piles... More >







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