The International Victimology Institute Tilburg promotes and executes interdisciplinary research that can contribute to a comprehensive, evidence-based body of knowledge on the empowerment and support of victims of crime and abuse of power.

International Victimology Institute Tilburg

INTERVICT promotes and executes interdisciplinary research that can contribute to a comprehensive, evidence-based body of knowledge on the empowerment and support of victims of crime and abuse of power.

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Conference on Labour mobility and migration: Migrants and local labour markets

Friday, January 19, 2018 from 10-17h in Tilburg

Venue: de Nieuwe Koninklijke Harmonie, Stationsstraat 26 in Tilburg

What role do employers and intermediaries play in shaping the current international labour market? And which consequences does this have for the position of migrant-employees, especially in the lower segments of the labour market? These issues will be addressed in the conference on labour migration and mobility organized by Tilburg University on 19 January 2018. During this day, researchers from INTERVICT, Social law and Reflect (Tilburg University) will present results from recent research projects on labour migration in the Netherlands. This research was made possible through financial support of Institute Gak.


  • Mark Roscam Abbing (Dutch Ministery of Social Affairs and Employment)
  • Eline Willemsen (Fairwork)
  • Hans Siebers (Tilburg University)
  • Conny Rijken (Tilburg University)
  • Tesseltje de Lange (Tilburg University, University of Amsterdam)
  • Lisa Berntsen (Tilburg University)
  • Mijke Houwerzijl (Tilburg University)
  • Ronald Dekker (Tilburg University)
  • Jan Cremers (Tilburg University)
  • Imke van Gardingen (FNV)
  • Katrin McGauran (SOMO)
  • Hilaire Willems (Sociale Inspectie België)
  • Regine Paul (Harvard University)



    • 10.00h: Welcome
    • 10.15h: Key-note Regine Paul, Harvard University “The political economy of mobility and labour migration in Europe
    • 10.45h: Key-note Vicky Kokkori, European Commision (t.b.c.) “Labour market policies and social protection in relation to labour mobility and labour migration
    • 11.15h: discussion
    • 11.30 -12.30h: parallel sessions
      • A. Position of migrant workers at the low end of the labour market (in English)
        Moderator: Conny Rijken (Tilburg University)
        Speakers: Eline Willemsen (FAIRWORK) & Imke van Gardingen (FNV)
      • B. Rol en betekenis van arbeidsbemiddeling: Positie en gedrag werkgever (in Dutch)
        Moderator: Ronald Dekker (Tilburg University)
        Speakers: Jan Cremers (Tilburg University) & Frank van Gool (OTTO Workforce)
    • 12.30 – 13.30h: lunch
    • 13.30 – 14.15h: Intermezzo: Integratie
      • Speakers: Mark Roscam Abbing (head Integration Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment) & Hans Siebers (researcher cultural diversity, Tilburg University)
    • 14.15 - 15.30h: parallel sessions
      • C. Position of third country nationals: seasonal workers, asylum seekers and undocumented (in English)
        Moderator: Tesseltje de Lange (University of Amsterdam)
        Speakers: Margarite Zoeteweij-Turhan (Fribourg University) (t.b.c.) & Lisa Berntsen (Tilburg University)
      • D. Strijd tegen schijnconstructies; perspectief van de werkgever/arbeidsvraag (in Dutch)
        Moderator: Mijke Houwerzijl (Tilburg University)
        Speakers: Katrin McGauran (SOMO) & Hilaire Willems (Social Inspectorate Belgium)
    • 15.30- 16.30: round table debate and book presentation


    De Hamonie TILEC

    The conference will take place at De Nieuwe Koninklijjke Harmonie

    De Nieuwe Koninklijke Harmonie

    Stationsstraat 26

    5038 ED Tilburg

    Route description:

    Arrival in the Netherlands at Schiphol Airport

    For travel information and to plan your journey: or

    How to get from Centraal station Tilburg to the Venue: ‘De Harmonie’

    ‘De Harmonie’  is at 400 meters walking distance from ‘NS Tilburg Centraal station’. 

    Plattegrond De Harmonie TILEC

    Walking directions:

    When you exit the train station, cross the street and continue on Stationsstraat.

    You will find ‘De Harmonie’ after 250m. (+/- 3 minutes)

    For guests arriving by car
    A small (free) parking is available behind the building ( +/- 20 parking places)

    Parking garage Knegtel is at walking distance of the venue.

    Gasthuisring 60, 5041 DT Tilburg, click here for route descriptions

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    When: 19 January 2018 10:00

    End date: 19 January 2018 17:00