2021 sees increase in immigration to the Netherlands following unprecedented lows in 2020

For years the variety of folks shifting to the Netherlands has been rising, however the coronavirus disaster was an impediment to this final 12 months. In 2020, 44,000 fewer migrants arrived within the Netherlands than did within the earlier 12 months — in 2019, this quantity was 171,000.

In accordance with figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), labour migrants are the principle demographic that stayed away from the Netherlands final 12 months. Round 30,000 fewer folks from exterior Europe moved to the Netherlands for work.

With many of the educational 12 months being performed on-line, this additionally meant that fewer folks got here to the Netherlands for his or her research. This did make it simpler to discover a pupil room for individuals who did although — goodbye to months of homelessness!

Inhabitants progress halved

As well as, the journey restrictions meant that fewer folks moved to the Netherlands to be reunited with their households final 12 months. There have been additionally fewer those who utilized for asylum.

The CBS concluded that this lower in migration, coupled with the excessive variety of deaths brought on by the coronavirus disaster, meant that inhabitants progress was halved final 12 months. This was significantly noticeable within the bigger cities — they’re nonetheless crowded although!

Immigrants are arriving once more

Now that what we hope would be the worst of the disaster is over, individuals are as soon as once more packing their clogs and loading up on cheese with a view to begin their lives within the Netherlands. Haha, kidding — however it’s true that the variety of migrants is on the rise once more this 12 months.

Nonetheless, this quantity remains to be decrease than the figures for 2018 and 2019. The latter was the height 12 months, wherein essentially the most newbies arrived searching for out the cheese, canals, and prime quality of life the Netherlands has to supply.


The chaos of 2020 additionally took a toll on emigration. Final 12 months considerably fewer folks moved away from the Netherlands than had carried out the 12 months earlier than. Though 52,000 folks nonetheless stated goodbye to the rain and paperwork we affiliate with the lowlands — most of those had been folks with Dutch nationality. As they are saying, you win some you lose some!

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