Dutch big cities grow more crowded

Dutch big cities grow more crowded

Big cities in the Netherlands are already bursting at the seams and have grown more than average in recent years. Especially in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, the population has risen steeply since 2009.

The growth rate in the three major Dutch cities, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, was about three times as high between 1 January 2009 and 1 January 2011 as the 1.0 percent for the Netherlands as a whole. The Amsterdam population increased by nearly 25 thousand over this period. Early in the past decade, the Amsterdam population increased by fewer than one thousand annually, according to figures by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published Monday.

Additionally, more people from other municipalities have settled in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague and fewer people have left. Recently built new housing estates like Leidschenveen in The Hague, IJburg in Amsterdam and in and around the centre of Rotterdam have contributed to the population growth in these cities. Natural population growth has also been higher, but is a less important factor.

Amsterdam grew with 25 thousand inhabitants and the populations of The Hague and Rotterdam grew by 13 and 23 thousand respectively between 1 January 2009 and 1 January 2011. The population growth in Rotterdam was extra high in 2010 due to the incorporation of the former municipality of Rozenburg.

The population growth in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague can be attributed to a higher net immigration. Net foreign migration has been positive in Amsterdam and The Hague since 2007 and in Rotterdam since 2008. The relatively high national immigration in 2009 and 2010 will have played a part in this respect.

27 Of the 31 big cities in the Netherlands have grown considerably. The “growth cities” received a total of 124,000 inhabitants. That’s more than 70 percent of the total population in the Netherlands.

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