Polish youth in trouble, says new survey

The position of many young Polish nationals in the Netherlands is problematic and many are low-skilled or unemployed, according to a new report by the government’s socio-cultural policy advisory group SCP.

SCP researchers spoke to 600 Poles who have lived in the Netherlands since 2004, the year Poland joined the European Union.
Of these 69% have a job and 13% are officially unemployed, the survey found.
However, the position of youngsters is more problematic, the survey showed. Some 40% of the youngsters (15-24) questioned had only completed primary education and 19% are unemployed.
‘It is notable that many youngsters are in a disadvantaged position,’ the researchers said. ‘They are often poorly educated or jobless… they associate with other Poles and do not feel at home in the Netherlands.’
Older Poles have considerably higher education levels and 20% have college or university degrees.
Some 40% of the Poles questioned had taken a Dutch language course. Over 50% plan to stay in the Netherlands for at least the next five years and one in three have daily contact with the Dutch.
An estimated 150,000 Polish nationals live in the Netherlands.

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