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Parliamentary questions
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12 April 2019
E-001811-19
Question for written answer E-001811-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dennis de Jong (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Labour migration and depopulation

1. Does the Commission endorse the analysis in the article ‘Roemenië baalt van uittocht werknemers naar EU-landen’ (FD, 6 April 2019)(1) and in the Nieuwsuur broadcast: ‘Letland loopt leeg: jongeren vertrekken massaal naar West-Europa’ (Nieuwsuur, 14 February 2019)(2) concerning the impact of mass labour migration [on Romania and Latvia]?

2. Does the Commission realise that the free movement of workers, which is lucrative for businesses, leads to depopulation in Member States where wages are lower than in other Member States and that this causes serious problems with huge social consequences (depopulation, brain drain)? Does the Commission have any statistics on changes in the numbers of people from central and Eastern Europe working elsewhere in Europe over the past 10 years?

3. Does the Commission agree that a work permit system at Member State level could provide a solution to the impact of labour migration?

(1)https://fd.nl/economie-politiek/1296279/roemenie-baalt-van-uittocht-werknemers-naar-andere-eu-lidstaten
(2)https://nos.nl/nieuwsuur/video/2271993-reportage-en-gesprek-de-keerzijde-van-open-grenzen-letland-loopt-leeg.html

Original language of question: NL 
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