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Dutch immigration and emigration hits new record high

The Netherlands had a population in excess of 16.7 million on 1 January 2012. On balance, the population growth in 2011 was 72 thousand, i.e. 9 thousand fewer than in 2010. In 2011, there were more immigrants and emigrants than in 2010, but fewer births according to Statistics Netherlands.

With 160 thousand people, immigration hit a new record high in 2011. The increase relative to 2010 is 6 thousand. Immigration started to grow in 2006 and continues to date. The growth mainly comes from new as well as long-standing member states of the European Union.

Emigration also increased; 133 thousand people settled abroad, 12 thousand more than in 2010. After a sharp decline since 2007, emigration has grown again over the past two years.

The contribution of migration to population growth was less substantial in 2011 than in 2010. With 27 thousand, net migration was 6 thousand below the level in 2010.