In September 2009, there were 117 thousand workers from East European EU countries in the Netherlands, an increase by 5 thousand relative to one year previously. Although the rapid growth observed in the past two years has recently slowed down, the number of East European workers is still increasing. Their number grew by 9 thousand compared to June 2009. The number of East Europeans is higher in summer, due to seasonal work in the agricultural sector.
Increase workers from East European EU countries relative to one year previously
Most migrant workers from Eastern Europe are Polish. In September 2009, nearly 100 thousand Polish workers were active in the Netherlands, 3 thousand more than one year previously. The number of workers from Bulgaria and Romania has been stable at 4 to 5 thousand for more than a year.
Workers from East European EU countries
André Corpeleijn and Michiel Heerschop