Record numbers leaving the Netherlands for a better life abroad

Record numbers leaving the Netherlands for a better life abroad

Ever dream of leaving it all behind and heading out of the Netherlands? You’re not the only one. New figures show that more Dutch citizens are leaving the country than ever before.

According to Statistics Netherlands, 134 thousand emigrants left the Netherlands last year, 13 thousand more than in the preceding year. Native Dutch and people from other EU countries mainly account for the emigration growth. With 47 thousand, more than one in three emigrants in 2011 were native Dutch; 39 thousand emigrants were born in another EU country. One third of native Dutch emigrants were people with a non-western background belonging to the second generation.

On 1 January 2012, the population of the Netherlands totalled more than 16.7 million persons, an increase by 70 thousand from 1 January 2011. The latest population figures released by Statistics Netherlands show that the natural population growth (births minus deaths) was 44 thousand and net migration was 26 thousand.

More immigrants from EU countries
Immigration numbered 160 thousand last year, i.e. 6 thousand more than in 2010. The growth is almost entirely due to immigration from other EU countries. With 64 thousand, of whom 19 thousand natives from Poland, four in every ten immigrants came from one of the 26 EU countries. Immigration from Southern Europe rose further last year; 3 thousand from Spain and nearly 3 thousand from Italy, i.e. twice as many as in 2007, prior to the economic crisis. Immigration from Africa slowed down in 2011, but immigrantion from Asia grew marginally.
One in three emigrants native Dutch

Net migration down
Last year, 160 thousand immigrants came to the Netherlands and 134 thousand people left the Netherlands to settle elsewhere. Net migration was 26 thousand, 7 thousand fewer than in 2010, because emigration increased more than immigration in 2011.
Fewer births, mortality stable

Last year, 179 thousand babies were born in the Netherlands, 5 thousand fewer than in 2010. The negative growth is partly due to the economic situation and partly due to the declining number of women in fertile age. Although the population is ageing, mortality was approximately the same as in 2010 (136 thousand). With 44 thousand, the natural population growth, defined as births minus deaths, was marginally lower in 2011 than in 2010.

  • Dutchguy

    Leaving on a jet plane, Don’t know when or if I’ll be back again. Farewell Holland.

  • Tory Aiden Mann

    Here I am in the US, wishing I could go to the more open minded Netherlands

  • John

    As long as they don’t come to the US – we have enough immigrants using the system to get everything for free. Don’t need any more. Isn’t the EU countries big enough for people looking for a better life. Germany, Sweden, are doing good. Move there instead.

  • Jack

    Miserable rainy weather and super cold winters. Go ahead.Move. They just raised taxes and reduced pensions recently too and are in a recession. Still want to risk it? Amsterdam is thinking of closing its Weed Cafes to tourists and they will soon be a thing of the past. Their red light district is still available for those adventurous travelers who want to risk their health sleeping with prostitutes from around the world. Open- mindedness also comes with risks. Have a nice trip.

  • Ellen

    Stupid is as stupid does as the grass always looks greener on the other side but usually isn’t.

  • Jojo

    South America, Mexico, China and Africa have a lot of room for those record number of Dutch looking for a better life abroad. Might have to change your current lifestyle to fit in.

  • Henk

    The more the merrier. Take the immigrants with you too.

  • Kent

    Running away from their new sources of food supply might be a good reason they are leaving in droves. YUK ! Next they’ll be consuming dead humans.
    ‘Dutch scientists have used stem cells to create strips of muscle tissue with the aim of producing the first lab-grown hamburger later this year.The aim of the research is to develop a more efficient way of producing meat than rearing animals.’

  • Hugh

    Might become a major immigration problem.

  • Bryan

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. The number of Dutch moving abroad might create more problems for the country they move to. In the Uk we have plenty to deal with and dont need more immigrants either.

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