"International Students Not Crowding out Dutch Job-seekers"
International graduates are not crowding out local jobseekers on the Dutch labour market, research unit Blaauwberg has found. In fact, it warns that without international talent, the Dutch economy will suffer a serious loss in wealth.
Researchers wrote a progress report on the “Make it in the Netherlands” programme which was launched in 2013 with the goal of binding top international graduates to the country’s job market.
“It is not a question of having to divide the cake among more people, but rather about the fact that internationals enlarge the cake. Without internationals the resourcing and expansion of existing companies and the growth of start-ups are seriously impeded or even impossible,” the research which was made public last month has found.
Who employs internationals?
According to Blaauwberg there are two types of companies explicitly looking for international talent:
- Big, international companies focused on export, multilingual and often requiring technical skills – companies like Philips, DSM, Shell and Siemens. “Many internationals only realize after their arrival that these big names only make up a small percentage of the Dutch economy.”
- Start-ups and young, fast growing companies – often found in the creative sector who are not only interested in the multiculturalism of internationals but also their performance-driven attitude and flexibility.
According to Blaauwberg the question is whether internationals feel welcome in the Netherlands and whether SMEs are adequately encouraged to employ them. “Parliamentary debates indicate that the majority of politicians support internationalization of the higher education sector and the labour market. However, ...Read the rest of this topic