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Europe’s largest emigration-focused event draws crowds in the Netherlands

The Emigration Expo 2012 was held on 11 and 12 February in Houten, the Netherlands and was targeted at, “everyone planning to move abroad, temporarily or permanently.”
Houten, a small town near to Utrecht in the Netherlands, recently played host to Europe’s largest event focused on emigration. On 11 and 12 February, people from all over Europe and beyond converged on the venue and found a wealth of information, opportunities, and advice at their fingertips.
The 16th Emigration Expo, organised with the support of EURES, boasted more than 150 separate stands representing more than 250 communities, regions, or employers. Exhibitors ranged from companies such as the Volvo Car Corporation, engineering company ABB, or leading passenger and freight ferry company Stena Line, to EURES Advisers from all over Europe. Many European regions and communities also sent teams of employment specialists to give practical advice about the job opportunities on offer and inform those visitors tempted by the idea of living and working abroad.
Those attending the event were also able to sit in on and participate in free presentations and discussions held by EURES Advisers and other employment professionals. Some of the topics on offer included, “Your future is in Sweden – go for IT!”, and “Living the easy way in Ostrobothnia, Finland”. In addition, EURES Advisers were on hand both days to provide jobseekers with specialist consultations and support.
This year the Emigration Expo focused in particular on Scandinavia, with more than 30 % of the exhibitors recruiting for this region. Volvo, for example, had 900 engineering vacancies to fill, and there were more than 5 000 vacancies in IT available. The minerals and mining sectors as well as healthcare also had much to offer those with the right qualifications and experience. EURES in Sweden put together an exceptionally large stand with five separate sections representing the labour market areas where employees were most in demand.
The event resulted in approximately 200-250 CVs being submitted for jobs in IT, and the EURES Advisers dealing with vacancies in healthcare were particularly pleased to have received around 55 CVs from highly-qualified candidates in this field. Volvo was also pleasantly surprised to encounter many high-quality applicants for non-engineering positions, in addition to candidates for the engineering vacancies advertised.
All in all, there were more than 10 000 visitors to Emigration Expo, confirming its position as Europe’s leading emigration-focused event. 
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Text last edited on: 03/2012

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