Immigration, emigration, and migration balance in the Netherlands 2008-2018

Total immigration, total emigration and the migration balance in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2018

by Brigitte van de Pas, last edited Jul 9, 2019
Immigration, emigration, and migration balance in the Netherlands 2008-2018 Between 2008 and 2018, the migration balance in the Netherlands was positive every year, meaning that more people settled in the Netherlands than leaving for newer pastures. In 2018, the migration balance was nearly 86,400, the highest number in the past decade. In 2018, the number of people in the Netherlands with a migration background (defined as someone who has at least one parent born abroad) reached nearly four million.
 Regions of origin

  In 2018, the largest group of immigrants in the Netherlands came from other European countries, followed by migrants from Asian countries and the Americas. Over 1.4 million immigrants in the Netherlands were either born in another European country themselves or had a parent coming from here one. The Polish were especially well-represented, with nearly 24,000 immigrants in 2018.  

Attitudes towards immigration

  In a 2017 survey, respondents were asked how they feel about immigration from other EU countries. 70 percent stated to be fairly or very positive about this. By comparison, only five percent of the respondents answered to feel very negative about EU migration. Respondents were less positive about migration from non-EU countries, but the share of people feeling fairly or very positive about this still reached 45 percent.
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Total immigration, total emigration and the migration balance in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2018

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ImmigrationEmigrationMigration balance
2018243,737157,36686,371
2017234,957154,29280,665
2016230,739151,54579,194
2015204,615149,50955,106
2014182,949147,86235,087
2013164,772145,66919,103
2012158,374144,49113,883
2011162,962133,19429,768
2010154,432121,35133,081
2009146,378111,89734,481
2008143,516117,77925,737
ImmigrationEmigrationMigration balance
2018243,737157,36686,371
2017234,957154,29280,665
2016230,739151,54579,194
2015204,615149,50955,106
2014182,949147,86235,087
2013164,772145,66919,103
2012158,374144,49113,883
2011162,962133,19429,768
2010154,432121,35133,081
2009146,378111,89734,481
2008143,516117,77925,737
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by Brigitte van de Pas, last edited Jul 9, 2019
Between 2008 and 2018, the migration balance in the Netherlands was positive every year, meaning that more people settled in the Netherlands than leaving for newer pastures. In 2018, the migration balance was nearly 86,400, the highest number in the past decade. In 2018, the number of people in the Netherlands with a migration background (defined as someone who has at least one parent born abroad) reached nearly four million.
 Regions of origin

  In 2018, the largest group of immigrants in the Netherlands came from other European countries, followed by migrants from Asian countries and the Americas. Over 1.4 million immigrants in the Netherlands were either born in another European country themselves or had a parent coming from here one. The Polish were especially well-represented, with nearly 24,000 immigrants in 2018.  

Attitudes towards immigration

  In a 2017 survey, respondents were asked how they feel about immigration from other EU countries. 70 percent stated to be fairly or very positive about this. By comparison, only five percent of the respondents answered to feel very negative about EU migration. Respondents were less positive about migration from non-EU countries, but the share of people feeling fairly or very positive about this still reached 45 percent.
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