CDA, Labour want eastern European freeze

Christian Democrat and Labour (PvdA) MPs are set to argue this week that the Dutch borders should remain closed to people from Romania and Bulgaria unless they have a valid work permit, news agency ANP reports.

In 2009 Romanians and Bulgarians will be able to settle in the Netherlands as full members of the EU. However, MPs from the two biggest governing parties say that should remain the situation until the problems with the influx of Poles should be sorted out.
MPs will make their case during the social affairs ministry budget debate this week. They argue that the government is not doing enough to make sure that the ‘problems’ caused by heavy concentrations of eastern Europeans in some areas are being solved.
In addition, they want the labour inspectorate to step up checks on illegal labour and exploitation.

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