Labour market access and entrepreneurship


Amsterdam is missing out on viable talent: many international students leave the country after graduating and partners of internationals may struggle to find suitable employment, reducing the chance of couples settling down in Amsterdam in the long term – or even choosing Amsterdam as a place to live in the first place. In the case of graduates, the most important reason for this is that information about job vacancies (starters’ jobs and internships) and the orientation year scheme – a special work and residence permit that allows non-EU students and scientific researchers to search for employment for a year – is still scarce. In the case of partners of internationals or potential new arrivals, information about job vacancies and other necessary resources are not always accessible, as they are often only available in Dutch. International entrepreneurs, too, often meet with obstacles, for example when attempting to establish a startup or a freelance business, because of the complicated system of regulations and permits.

Next step

We want to provide more and better information: about the orientation year scheme and about job openings (for graduates, for potential new arrivals and for the partners of international employees and entrepreneurs). We plan to achieve this by establishing well-functioning local, regional and nationwide job portals. We are also aiming to establish points of contact for businesses at universities and colleges to facilitate and strengthen links between talent and the business community. In addition, we need to focus on matchmaking between students/graduates and the business world (including SMEs); we aim to do this by implementing an agenda for career events and job fairs, such as the International Talent Event Amsterdam (ITEA), an event connecting candidates with potential employers, as well as developing various new digital tools across the Work & Study platform of I amsterdam. In addition, we want to make the Amsterdam Area more attractive to international entrepreneurs and startups by implementing changes to certain rules and regulations – partly through the Warm Welcome Talent City Deal – thus further reducing red tape.


Amsterdam wants to make accessing the Dutch labour market and career progression easier for internationals, their partners and international graduates, as well as self-employed entrepreneurs, startups and scale-ups. To achieve this goal, we will improve accessibility to information and services and strengthen communication.