Refugees in danger of becoming new underclass in the Netherlands

January 5, 2015

Refugees are in danger of becoming a new underclass in the Dutch society. Unemployment and crime play a large part in this situation. Researchers of the Scientific Research and Documentation Center of the Ministry of Justice, the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau, and the Scientific Board for Governmental Policy recently warned for this.

The warning is based upon a study on the integration of 33.000 asylum migrants that travelled to the Netherlands in the eighties and nineties and that received a residence permit. Many of them were long-term unemployed. To prevent a similar situation the government should put in more effort the help current asylum migrants find work.

Because of the long waiting period for a residence status and accommodation the group rapidly acquires a backlog. The time they have spend in refugee shelters have a negative influence on the chances of finding work.

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