Minister wants to slash non-EU work permits

The cabinet on Friday will discuss home affairs minister Henk Kamp’s plan to drastically reduce the number of work permits for non-EU nationals, the Telegraaf reports.

The rules for knowledge migrants will not be affected, the paper says.
The paper says the minister wants to make it much more difficult for companies to prove they cannot find suitable staff in the Netherlands or the EU.
‘There are 500,000 people sitting on the sidelines on social security benefits. That is a reservoir to be tapped into,’ the paper quotes the minister as saying.
Last year, the immigration service approved 14,000 work permits for people from outside the EU who did not fall under the knowledge migrant scheme.

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