Dutch suspected of exploiting migrant workers in German homes


On Sunday, German police carried out searches in the Cleves region, not far from Nijmegen, in eight buildings rented by the Dutch to migrant workers from Eastern Europe. Two executives of a Dutch employment agency are suspected of having housed the workers, mostly Romanian, in very poor and abandoned accommodation.

According to German justice, the Dutch suspects would have abused the financial situation of the Romanians, among other things. They also allegedly abused the lack of language skills of migrant workers. As a result, migrant workers would have had no choice but to accept the accommodation offered to them at far too high rents.

Justice and the police began on Sunday to have the living space of Romanians checked by an expert in the field of construction and housing supervision. All those involved are also heard and evidence is collected.

German government agencies also checked six large shelters for migrant workers in Geldern and Emmerich in mid-February. These were Bulgarians and Romanians working in the Dutch meat industry. The fire safety in the controlled accommodation in Geldern and Emmerich was insufficient, there was mold, missing electrical installations and other structural defects.

According to the government of the German Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dutch employment agencies misuse the different legislations in the Netherlands and Germany. According to the federal government in Düsseldorf, the restrictions that apply in the Netherlands, such as maximum rents and decent living conditions, do not apply in Germany.

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