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Migrant workers in the Netherlands still find themselves in positions of precarity

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By the International Institute of Social Studies – Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Migrant workers in the Dutch agricultural sector experience unfair labour practices, including structurally poor wages and living standards, insecure contracts and hazardous working conditions. 

A closer look into the Netherlands agricultural sector by researchers at the International Institute of Social Studies revealed that there are a variety of institutional, structural and associational mechanisms that disempower migrant workers.

After the Covid-19 pandemic placed migrant workers’ precarity in the spotlight, the Dutch government established the Aanjaagteam Bescherming Arbeidsmigranten (Migrant Worker Protection Taskforce) in May 2020. The Taskforce recently released a second set of recommendationsOpens external (in Dutch), further opening up the discussion on how best to address the issue at hand. 

The policy brief below contributes to this discussion with a number of recommendations that aim to strengthen the position of migrants in the whole agricultural chain. The brief was presented at a multi-stakeholder event in October 2020 attended, amongst others, by a representative of the Taskforce. 

Download the policy brief

The policy brief is available in both English and Dutch. Please feel free to download it and share within your networks.

Photographer Joao Jesus.

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