A poll conducted by political
magazine Een Vandaag of the public service broadcaster WNL/NPO, showed that 75%
of Syrian migrants in Netherlands do not intend to return to their
The results of the survey among 848
Syrians revealed that even if Syria rebuilds, the refugees wouldn’t want to go
back. With ISIS out of the picture, they
now see President Bashar al-Assad as the new “problem.”
The refugees claim that it is better
to remain in Netherlands because of better job opportunities.
However, this contradicts the report
made by De Telegraaf which stated that 85% of the Syrian asylum seekers who
have been given work permits remain jobless in the past 2 and a-half years.
According to the data from the
Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), only 15 percent of working migrants had a
full-time job after eighteen months.
Dutch migration researcher Jan van de
Beek said that the lack of financial incentive and proper education has made it
difficult for asylum seekers to get work:
“Anyone who starts doing unskilled
work hardly gains any benefits compared to what they get from state funding. I
think that the problem is partly there. And furthermore it is of course just
very difficult to find and keep work in a totally different country.”
There are 70,000 Syrians with
temporary residency permit living in Netherlands and the majority has relied on
Van de Beek expressed his growing
concern for the increasing number of jobless migrants and suggested that the
Dutch government should start limiting immigration. He pointed out that for
every third world asylum seeker, the government spends around 120 000 euros for
“The indigenous Dutch finance an
unemployed lower-class minority in the long term,” argued Van de Beek.
The poorer Dutchmen, who
are already hit hard by automation and globalization are the most affected. The
number of low income households notably increased due to third world