‘Tinder’ for migrant workers: reverse job search engine is debated in the EU


Brussels is proposing the creation of a migrant worker online platform, often dubbed as the ‘Tinder’ for migrant workers, where companies can advertise job vacancies accessible to individuals outside the EU. The objective is to streamline and enhance the process for migrant workers seeking opportunities in Europe.

Despite the European Commission’s assertion that such talent pools are essential due to the varied needs across Europe, the plan has faced significant criticism. Opponents argue that it could lead to an overreliance on cheap labor, a concern as many parties advocate for restricting the influx of migrant workers. The prevalent sentiment is that migrant workers should be accommodated in the country where they are employed.

The FNV trade union expresses skepticism about the proposal, fearing that Eastern European seasonal workers might be replaced by individuals from Asia or Africa with even fewer rights and worse working conditions.

Rob Jetten, leader of the D66 party, supports labor migration and is open to hiring employees from outside the EU, emphasizing the need for proper oversight of working conditions. Jetten insists that employers seeking workers from outside the EU must provide adequate housing and fair wages.

D66 is keen to understand the European Commission’s perspective on the plan, recognizing the potential role of migrant workers in addressing shortages in high-tech industries and healthcare. However, they emphasize the importance of careful management and deployment of migrant workers in sectors facing significant shortages in the Netherlands.

Rennie Rijpma, editor-in-chief of Algemeen Dagblad, notes that the discussion often intertwines with housing issues, acknowledging the complexity of the situation. While concerns about housing shortages persist, there is also a recognition of the critical staff shortages in sectors such as healthcare, adding layers to the overall complexity of the matter.

By: Nicholas de Kramer

Nicholas de Krammer, а self-taught economic analytic with heave mathematical background. Math behind the economics (and economics behind math) is the strong side of the author. Contact him at nicholas.dekramer@economicinform.com

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