The large increase in Eastern European migrants entering the Dutch labour market has led to concerns about their potential claim on Dutch unemployment benefits. We use a decomposition analysis to investigate differences in uptake of unemployment benefits between migrants and native Dutch employees by analysing register data for all employees in the Netherlands in 2015. The results show that Eastern European migrants, similar to other migrants, receive unemployment benefit more often than native Dutch employees. This difference can be largely ascribed to job characteristics. The inclusion of unemployment risk in the analysis reveals that non-working migrants are much less likely to receive unemployment benefits than Dutch natives.

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International Social Security Review

Strockmeijer, A. (Anita), de Beer, P. (Paul), & Dagevos, J.M. (2020). Explaining differences in unemployment benefit takeup between labour migrants and Dutch native workers. International Social Security Review, 73(2), 75–99. doi:10.1111/issr.12235