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Anita Strockmeijer conducted research into the work of Eastern European labour migrants in the Netherlands and their take-up of unemployment benefits. She examined their socio-economic position by considering the position of labour migrants on the labour market, investigating whether this improves with a longer work history, with felt labour shortages, and by exploring work patterns. By incorporating socio-economic position in claims on Dutch unemployment benefits, the use of these benefits is placed in a broader perspective.

Event details of Work and benefit take-up by Eastern European labour migrants in the Netherlands
Date 12 February 2020
Time 14:00 -15:00
Location Agnietenkapel

Eastern European labour migrants predominantly have a disadvantaged position on the Dutch labour market, the position and improvement of which differs from other groups of migrants. They are four times more likely to lose their job as Dutch employees and this higher job loss explains why they receive unemployment benefits more often than Dutch employees. Almost 90 percent of the difference in unemployment benefits can be attributed to job characteristics. Strategic behaviour in making use of social security can’t be excluded, but that other factors are much more important. The combination of their higher inflow, shorter length of stay and lower benefits, leads to the conclusion that the total benefit claims on unemployment benefits by Eastern European labour migrants does not differ greatly from that of Dutch employees.


On Thursday, 13 February 2020, the foundation TSOV, AIAS-HSI and the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) are organising a symposium entitled ‘The position of Eastern European labour migrants: recent studies’. Various speakers will reflect on Strockmeijer's PhD research and talk about recent research. The symposium will take place at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research in The Hague.

A.W. Strockmeijer: The Labour Market position explains it. Work and benefit take-up by Eastern European labour migrants in the Netherlands. Supervisors: Prof. P.T. de Beer an Prof. J.M. Dagevos (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam).


This event is open to the public.


Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam