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Labor migration in North-Brabant: here to stay

Published: 07th February 2020 Last updated: 07th February 2020

The presence of labor migrants forms a structural component of the Brabant labor market. That is an important finding of a report on the provincial labor market that has just been published.

The national Coordination Centre against Human Trafficking (CoMensha) published a report (in Dutch) on labor migration in the province of Brabant. Jan Cremers (Tilburg Law School) and Eefje de Volder (CoMensha/Impact) prepared the report that deals with the employment of labor migrants and the policies that municipalities pursue in this area.

Cremers and De Volder conducted a labor market analysis and, based on a municipal questionnaire, an inventory of the current state of affairs in the policy aimed at combating abuse and labor exploitation of EU labor migrants.

Results

The labor market analysis shows that the use of labor migrants is not a temporary phenomenon; the presence of labor migrants forms a structural component of the Brabant labor market. Although the individual labor migrant may leave after a few years, the need for labor migrants on the Brabant labor market is structural. This is a population that, albeit often in temporary flex jobs, forms a structural component of the labor market, in terms of size between 7 to 8% of the working population.

Conclusion

The authors conclude that this permanent temporariness has important consequences and makes it necessary to work on a structural policy that focuses on decent employment, housing and living of this part of the labor force.

Report (in Dutch): De markt en de mensen(handel)