Expat and migrant worker are synonyms for foreign employees. A highly skilled or knowledge migrant is a highly skilled immigrant from outside the EU (including Switzerland) who comes to work in the Netherlands due to their specialized knowledge. As a result, they form a specific group within the migrant workers or expats.
The popularity of knowledge migrants is growing rapidly. This is because there are fewer highly educated people available for specialized positions in the Netherlands. Because knowledge migrants can add a lot of value to the Dutch economy, the knowledge migrant scheme was created. This scheme ensures that as an employer (under certain conditions), you can easily and quickly employ highly skilled migrants. There are specific requirements, conditions, and salaries for hiring highly skilled migrants.