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Olaf van Vliet on migrant workers and general welfare

What would happen if there were fewer migrant workers in the Netherlands? Olaf van Vliet, Professor of Economics, discussed this question on Dutch news site NU.nl.

He argues that it is important to look at the issue from the ‘broad perspective of social welfare’. Such an approach takes account of effects. For example, if there were fewer migrant workers it would be harder for employers to fill vacancies. This would have adverse consequences for sectors such as agriculture,  horticulture, and distribution centres. This could then lead to higher prices for consumers.  Another important aspect to consider is the possible impact on pressure on the housing market.  

Read the full article on Dutch news site NU.nl

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