The Netherlands: THB Fieldlab team Go West

In the Fieldlab Go West government and private organizations participated in an effort in breaking through abuses in housing of international employees. International employees are vulnerable on many aspects and housing is one of them.
Our intention was to make abuse visible, to break through specific situations and create awareness among employers with the ultimate goal of accountability among all parties. 
The Fieldlab members first focussed on one specific housing situation. Repeatedly the apartment building was visited. The first attempt was starting a dialogue, but finding the responsible parties ( the owner, manager and , local government) took a lot of effort. Each database has different ways of management and based on privacy rules not all information is public. It took a great effort to find the responsible parties and to start the dialogue. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment to discover that talking did not make much difference.

The project started on 1 January 2021 and ran until 17 April 2023.

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