New in the Netherlands

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Newcomers to the Netherlands must comply with certain rules if they want to settle and work here. Some are required to take a civic integration exam. But newcomers also have rights. The rules differ depending on whether the newcomers are from inside or outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, particularly with regard to work and residence permits. The government takes a strict approach to unfair competition and illegal residence.