The Migrant Workers’ campaign team discovered a dilapidated, burnt-down historic estate in Haaren. Near the burned part there are a number of buildings in which many migrant workers live in cramped rooms. There is mold on the walls, in the showers and on the ceiling, there does not seem to be any ventilation. No maintenance seems to be done. These buildings appear to be ready for demolition. Obviously no one cares how the migrant workers live in this location.
Conversations between the FNV and the migrants show that some migrants have been waiting for a new location for months, but nothing changes. Others indicate that they don’t understand that they don’t receive a key to their room, while the rest of the residents do. People here aren’t listened to, even if they indicate that this makes them feel unsafe. They have to figure it all out for themselves and when something is promised, nothing happens.
During a visit by journalist Danny Ghosen, from the program ‘Danny’s Wereld’ (VPRO), a number of migrant workers gathered the courage to make their voices heard and share their dissatisfaction with the media. For example, one of the Spanish residents did not mince their words. The first thing he said was ’they treat us like animals’. People spoke out about the raw reality. While filming through Danny’s world, an employment agency manager who is one of the landlords visits. He promised FNV that real changes are coming. FNV agrees to keep a close eye on this.
After the shooting of Danny’s world, 13 migrant workers were transferred to a better location.
Bron: Arnout Le Clercq, 18-06- 2020
On June 18, 2020, migrant workers handed boxing gloves to Emile Roemer with the question ‘Do you want to fight for us?’. Roemer is the head of the Prosecution Team for the Protection of Migrant Workers and in that capacity talks with mayors, aldermen and deputies. The FNV’s ‘Kwestie van Beschaving’ campaign team believes that migrant workers should also be able to learn their story.
Photo: Marcel van den Berg / Text: Arnout Le Clerq
Bron: Marcia Nieuwenhuis, 15-05- 2020
In the Netherlands, a relatively large number of people with a migration background die from corona. This is evident from new research by the Central Bureau of Statistics and the University of Amsterdam.
Mortality is highest among people with a western migration background, at 49 percent. This includes, for example, people of Polish or Romanian origin. Mortality is also relatively high among people with a non-western migration background, at 47 percent. This concerns, for example, people with a Turkish or Moroccan background. By comparison, the mortality rate of people with a Dutch background was much lower at 38 percent.
Bron: Marlies Rothoff, 06-05-20
Three more persons were added to the ship where labor migrants from Eastern Europe are in isolation in the Nieuwe Haven in Arnhem. The migrants worked for the Horizon Group in Velp. One of them tested positive for corona and the other two had corona symptoms. That says a spokesman for the municipality of Arnhem. The 31 seasonal workers who are on the isolation ship are only allowed to go outside to smoke.
Photo: Sander Damen
Bron: NOS, 03-05-2020
In Velp (Gelderland), 28 migrant workers from a residential complex have been placed in isolation because most of them have been infected with the corona virus. They were transferred by bus to a ship in Arnhem under police escort. They will stay there for the time being. The other 23 residents of the complex are not sick, according to the Gelderland-Midden Safety Region, but must remain in quarantine for 14 days in their residential complex.
Bron: NRC, Bram Endedijk, 20-03-2020
‘You need to be in the Netherlands’, David Viliça heard. Nice people, all those cyclists and of course make good money. A dreamland, that’s how he saw it. 24-year-old Viliça from Portugal went to work for employment agency Adecco, which deployed him to a logistics company where he puts clothes in packages. But since the corona virus, the Portuguese only wants one thing: to go home. “The virus can infect anyone, I hear everywhere. But it feels as if we as foreign workers don’t matter. We are a number. ”
Kitty Jong, Vice President FNV:
“They are in misery, it is almost degrading.”
Bron: BN de Stem, 11-05-20
A group of at least 50 migrant workers would stay in hotel La Cigogne in Rijen under bad conditions. This is located on the Rijksweg at the intersection with the Oosterhoutseweg.
They are housed there by their employer, employment agency Adecco, they have only three showers at their disposal and share a kitchen with about 50 people. That says union FNV. An Adecco spokesperson contradicts the FNV findings. However, the municipality of Gilze en Rijen takes the signal seriously and will soon have a conversation with the owner.
Bron: SP, 15-12- 2019
Labor migration has become a revenue model due false constructions and incorrect employment agencies. Employees are played off against each other to keep the costs for work as low as possible and migrant workers are regularly exploited. That is why the SP is coming together with the ChristenUnie with an action plan for labor migration.
Bron: Toezien, 28 april 2020
Workers from, for example, Romania, Poland and Ukraine often don’t know the rules in the Netherlands. This makes them easy victims of rogue temporary employment agencies, employers and landlords. They evade tax, defraud with benefits or extort labor migrants. To prevent this, the municipalities of Boxtel and Sint-Michielgestel are now putting the control in the hands of migrant workers themselves. And that works.
Bron: AD, 29-04- 2020
It is unacceptable that migrant workers have to pay 400 euros per month per person per bed, leaving immediately if there is no work.
That is what MPs Jasper van Dijk (SP) and Eppo Bruins (ChristenUnie) put in parliamentary questions to the ministers Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs and Employment and Kajsa Ollongren of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. They want to know what the ministers are going to do to protect migrant workers from these “medieval practices, where employees are some sort of serfs of their boss.”
Bron: Telegraaf, 19-04-2020
Because more and more companies are closing their doors and the economy is in a lower gear, many migrant workers are stuck. They are put on the street or fear firing, others do not feel safe at work. Returning home is not possible either, because many borders are closed.
Leo Lucassen, professor of labor and migration history:
“Who is going to sting the asparagus now that many Polish workers are not coming?”
Photo: Rob Nelisse
“Now that many Polish workers are not coming, who is going to put the asparagus?”, The NOS headlined at the end of March. The cry for help followed the notion of Poland in particular by the corona measures. Traveling has become a lot more difficult and some Poles and other Eastern Europeans are anyway afraid to come to the Netherlands, afraid if they are infected.
Those who are already here are afraid to lose their work and housing and accept, even if they feel the flu, that the RIVM rules do not seem to apply to them. They are housed in cramped houses with several in a room, from where they are packed closely together in a van to and from work every day. It even happens that employment agencies threaten to be made redundant if employees do not return to work despite flu complaints.
Bron: AD, 26-03-20
Many Romanians who have worked in Italy do not want to return to Romania because they are then required to quarantine for two weeks. That is why, according to Michael Mostert, director of employment agency Tradiro from De Lier, they drive on to the Netherlands.
Bron: De Stentor, 10-03-2020
Both on de Veluwe and in Vechtdal, governments and agencies fight against run-down holiday parks. Many former tourist attractions have, over the years, become refuges for criminals, migrant workers and people unable to find a regular home.
Bron: RTL Z, 24-02-2020
In large parts of the Netherlands, the number of people with a western migration background has increased sharply in recent years. These are mainly labor migrants and expats, which we badly need for our economy. But housing these people, often Eastern Europeans and Asians, is difficult in the already difficult housing market.
They shoot out of the ground like mushrooms. Huge distribution centers, which are built like block boxes next to highways. An asset to the economy of a municipality: thousands of jobs are in the offing, the new employers promise.