Polish in the Netherlands: seasonal workers under surveillance.

Summary: The Netherlands has a great need for labor, especially in agriculture, though this need is accompanied by a xenophobic, partly directed against the 100 000 Polish temporary workers living there. Seasonal are hired by agencies in Poland, their wages are often paid only half and they have to pay many expenses (rent, health insurance, equipment …). Their homes are controlled by employment agencies who reserve the right to impose fines for reasons as diverse and arbitrary (untidy room, not out trash …). Yet the Dutch government refuse to condemns the abuse and prefers justify the rejection of the “Polish tsunami”.