Almost 90% of refugees living in the Netherlands are still unemployed 2.5 years after arriving

Almost 90% of refugees living in the Netherlands are still unemployed 2.5 years after arriving
Migrants on streets of Amsterdam (Image: Brian S/Shutterstock)

[Ed. – Don’t anyone dare call them freeloaders.]

Refugees with a residence permit barely have a job, Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf” reports. Almost 90% of refugees, who received their residence permit in 2014, were unemployed two and a half years later, according to figures from the Dutch statistics office CBS.

While 11% of refugees do work, a large majority of them still don’t have a full-time job. After two and a half years only 15% are fully employed. The group mostly consists of Syrians and Eritreans: 75% of refugees come from one of those two countries.

Dutch migration researcher Jan van de Beek, tells De Telegraaf that a lot of migrants didn’t have decent education.

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