Banning migrant workers is a disaster for the Dutch economy

Many business owners are worried about the current coalition's plans to limit the influx of migrant workers. Companies that rely heavily on this flexible and cheap labour fear they will be unable to maintain their business activities. This is particularly true in sectors that are already struggling to attract local workers for low-paid and often physically demanding work.

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Indispensable workforce

In recent years, the role of migrant workers in the Netherlands has become increasingly crucial, especially in logistics and other blue-collar environments where a workforce is required. They are also virtually indispensable in agriculture, such as bulb and asparagus growing, and in the hospitality industry. This group of workers' contribution is undeniable, but how they are treated is often downright shameful. For instance, we usually see seasonal workers wandering homeless on the streets after being evicted from their employer-provided accommodation. This is not only a humanitarian problem but also an economic risk. When these migrant workers leave for their countries of origin, staff shortages occur in essential sectors.

Cabinet plans are a bomb to the economy

Migrant workers play a vital role in the Dutch economy. Our economy will suffer severely if the new government's plans go ahead. It is essential that the government withdraws its plans to ban them and instead works with employers to find ways to provide them with sustainable housing and ensure more stable employment. After all, voters know exactly who to blame when a bunch of asparagus will soon cost 15 euros, and people will no longer be able to sit on a terrace in summer due to a lack of staff.