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New laws for seasonal workers may conflict with EU regulations

Restrictions forced by the Dutch government about the number of seasonal workers that reside in some areas may be illegal, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Friday.

Around half a million people mainly from Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria work in Dutch greenhouses, meat processing factories, and delivery centers, but they usually live in overcrowded conditions and locals criticize about noise and parking difficulties, said FD. This has led to a number of efforts aimed at restricting the figure of seasonal laborers who can live in one place, and a maximum of 77% of the local bureaucracy in Brabant have levied some sorts of quotas, said FD.

In Maasdriel, Gelderland, the board has said that seasonal workers can inhabit only 5% of the homes, while in Zaltbommel they shall be prohibited from living in residential zones at least for five years.

Arnhem city administration is also working on strategies to limit groups of seasonal workers sharing a house by rewriting its directions on sub-dividing homes. The board plans to announce a licensing scheme for flat or house-sharers, and they wouldn’t be issued if the property is to be resided in for temporary labor.

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Although, given that the majority of labor comes from other EU countries, quotas and other limitations will clash with freedom of mobility within Europe. “These rules also conflict with the EU right to equal conduct of all labor and self-employed across Europe,’ immigration law researcher Gerrie Lodder said.

Local bureaucracies are also trying to focus on temporary workers in the same places, possibly where they work. Others have established housing known as ‘Polenhotels’, a term banged by the Polish ambassador to the Netherlands last year. Professionals advise that there is a lack of 120,000 places for temporary workers. In the meantime, actions are taken place to halt staffing agencies including housing in their deals, which is often costly and of bad quality.

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MPs in June chose an agenda to advance the accommodations provided by staffing agencies, but there was insufficient provision for a ChristenUnie and Socialist party proposal to stop agencies setting housing as a part of contracts. The Dutch agency CBS said last year that workers from Poland, Romania, and from other easterly and central European nations earn the lowermost pays of all migrant groups. Around 80% of 180,000 Polish workers in the Netherlands make less than €15 per hour and, some 18% of them make less than €10, CBS stated.

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