‘Immigrant entrepreneurs are discriminated against’

'Immigrant entrepreneurs are discriminated against'

Starting immigrant entrepreneurs in Eindhoven should be able to get a temporary license, pending their operation request.

That’s what councilor Hafid Bouteibi of PvdA, (Labour Party) says. He some signs, he has done research. According to Bouteibi, the lead time between application and granting a permit sometimes takes more than three months where it could be arranged within a week.

In the meantime, business owners should be able to start up, he says. Because there are also high costs such as rental property, which decreases their initial capital, without having an income.

Furthermore, foreign entrepreneurs feel that they are more often examined by the Bibob agency that screens applicants for integrity. Bouteibi had already asked questions about this previously. Back then, the commission said that there was no question of that. Nevertheless, business owners keep feeling that they are treated differently, he says.

He would prefer to see an open conversation with immigrant entrepreneurs to take away that feeling. And he calls for a provisional license. Meanwhile he asked the board questions about this.

Source: Studio040
Translator: Cyril C

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