The cabinet is cautiously cutting the tax benefit for expats. This is happening much less drastically than previously feared by the business community. What makes knowledge workers so important? A look at the Eindhoven Meerhoven district, where half of the inhabitants are expats.

There is hardly a more Dutch place imaginable than ‘Sillicon Valley at the Dommel’. In the new Meerhoven district, close to Eindhoven Airport, a watery autumn sun casts shadows on the same red brick flats as those in every Vinex district. Greylag geese and wild ducks graze in the park. In short, nothing betrays that this is the international high-tech epicenter of the Netherlands.

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