Last year, the Dutch UWV issued 10,000 work permits to people from outside the EU, out of a total of 400,000 vacancies. Vacancies that remain open, for example in construction, depress the economic recovery or reduce economic resilience in times of war, for example.
The so-called ‘talent database’ that the European Commission wants to close with other countries should very specifically link the demand of an employer in the Netherlands, for example, to the supply of a potential employee from outside the EU.
European Commissioner Johansson (Internal Affairs) emphasized that quotas will not be discussed when concluding these partnerships. “The member states still ultimately determine how many people they need and how many they allow,” Johansson said.
Reducing the risk of exploitation
The employment plan also discusses better protection for migrant workers. Workers from outside the EU are now too dependent on the company that brings them over, says the Commission. When the contract expires, the employee must leave the EU. This promotes dependence and thus the risk of exploitation.
The Commission proposes in the new plan that upon termination of the first contract, the employee has time to look for a new job. That can also be in another EU country. The length of stay is also getting longer.
‘Hope for facilitating migration discussion’
By making it easier to admit migrants that the EU needs, the European Commission further hopes that the number of illegal migrants will decrease.
That somewhat resembles the Australian model of immigration, but European Commissioner Schinas, who has the migration file in his portfolio, does not want to know anything about this: “We have been working on shaping European migration policy since 2020. This is a step in that. “
In 2020, the EU presented a proposal – the Migration Pact – to settle all issues surrounding the arrival and stay of migrants in the EU at European level. Since then, the discussion about the distribution of migrants among member states in particular has been deadlocked.
By now making agreements with countries of origin, the Commission is trying to slow down migration to the EU at the source. Lowering the threshold for legal migration is in line with this. Schinas acknowledged today that it can facilitate the discussion about migration in a broad sense.