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The Netherlands: Almost 90% of refugees are unemployed after being in the country for 2.5 years

Almost 90% of migrants in The Netherlands are still unemployed after living for 2.5 years in the country. Some prefer to live on social benefits rather than getting the jobs that are available to them.

While 11% of migrants work, a large majority of those still do not have full-time jobs. After two and a half years, only 15% of those employed work full-time. This group is mainly Syrians and Eritreans: 75% of migrants come from one of these two countries.

Jan van de Beek, a researcher on Dutch migration, told De Telegraaf that many migrants have not received a decent education. According to him, low-skill jobs are not attractive to them because the benefits they receive without doing anything are often just as high as the incomes they would make from such jobs.

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