Intolerance, poor prospects drive away well-educated immigrants

Some two thirds of the people leaving the Netherlands have an ethnic minority background and are fed up with intolerance or see better career prospects in their country of origin, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.

In particular, well-educated young people with a Turkish or Moroccan background are leaving, the paper says, quoting research by Regioplan for the home affairs ministry. They are most likely to cite hardening attitudes to foreigners as the primary reason.
Half of the people leaving are aged 20 to 45 and have at least an MBO college diploma.
Gerard Schouw, MP for the Liberal democratic party D66, which pressured the ministry to commission the report, told the paper the cabinet should work to create an ‘attractive and pleasant’ working climate for well-educated migrants.
‘This is very bad for the economy,’ he said. It is a real shame that so many well-educated people are being driven out by the ‘symbolic drum rolls’ from the PVV. The party wants an end to all non-western immigration.

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