Minister for Migration
Full name: Markus Gerardus Jozef Harbers
Place and date of birth: Ede, 19 April 1969
Place of residence: Rotterdam
Civil status: married
1981-1987: Secondary education, Christelijk Streeklyceum, Ede
1987-1997: Degree course in Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (not completed)
Mark Harbers worked as a communications adviser at BIKKER Communicatie in Rotterdam from 1997 to 2000. He subsequently joined Dröge & van Drimmelen, corporate communications & public affairs in The Hague as a senior communications adviser. In 2004 Mr Harbers took up a position as head of the communications department at the Major Cities Knowledge Centre / Netherlands Institute for City Innovation Studies (NICIS) before becoming programme leader there in March 2006.
In 2006 Mark Harbers joined the Ministry of Finance as political assistant to finance minister Gerrit Zalm. In 2007 he became a member of the municipal executive of Rotterdam with responsibility for economic affairs, the Port of Rotterdam and the environment. From 1 December 2009 he was a member of the House of Representatives for the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), and served as party spokesperson on finance.
On 26 October 2017 Mark Harbers was appointed Minister for Migration in the third Rutte government.
Party political positions and outside activities
Mark Harbers became a member of the Kralingen-Crooswijk borough council for the VVD in 1992, serving as leader of the VVD group from 1994 to 1998. He was a member of Rotterdam municipal council for the VVD from 2002 to 2007 and became leader of the VVD group in March 2006. Mr Harbers has also held various board positions within the VVD including at the regional branch in Rotterdam, on the party board and on the electoral programme committee for the 2007 parliamentary elections.
Mark Harbers was also a member of the advisory boards of the Rotterdam Port Association and the Telders Foundation, a liberal think tank.