Netherlands out of favour for Eastern Europeans

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Eastern Europeans who come to the Netherlands to work feel less welcome than formerly.

Dutch daily Het Financieele Dagblad reports that a survey carried out for employment agency Otto Work Force, found that only one percent of those questioned named the Netherlands as their favoured destination.

The image of the Netherlands has been particularly badly damaged in Poland because of the Freedom Party website set up for people to report incidents of misbehaviour by Polish immigrants. More than 40 percent of the Poles surveyed said their image of the Netherlands had changed and only 27 percent still felt welcome in the country.

The director of Otto Work Force called on Dutch politicians to stop demonising Eastern European migrants. Frank van Gool warns that the Netherlands will need migrants as the Dutch workforce shrinks due to the ageing population. “Research has shown that foreigners working here contribute 1.8 billion euros to our economic growth and pay 1.2 billion in taxes,” he added.