Temporary migration in the Netherlands: Contradictory policies and ambiguous effects

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This chapter analyses the situation of temporary migration between Asia and the Netherlands, based on 119 interviews. Although the Netherlands does not have an official temporary migration policy, all immigration is supposed to be temporary in nature: migrants are issued with one-year residence permits which must be renewed. Migration policy is generally rather restrictive, except for the highly-skilled; however, this group faces problems with integration. The research uncovered serious data problems, particularly in regards to temporary emigration from the Netherlands. The development impact of temporary migration for developing countries is uncertain, because the rate of remittance-sending amongst interviewees was low.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTemporary migration, transformation and development: Evidence from Europe and Asia
EditorsP. Pitkänen, T. Hayakawa, K. Schmidt, M. Aksakal, S.I. Rajan
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
ISBN (Electronic)978-04-2924-434-6
ISBN (Print)978-11-3856-128-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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