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.

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

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Emigration including administrative corrections. The total of the administrative corrections is the sum of the administrative inclusions minus the administrative removals.

Administrative inclusion means that a person is included in the municipality administration at his/her own request. This is not the result of a birth, immigration or relocation to another municipality, and is usually the case with people who have been administratively removed even though they had never left the country. Administrative removal means that persons are removed from the municipality bookkeeping because the municipality cannot reach the person, has no information regarding his/her whereabouts and this person is no longer living in this municipality. This is usually the case with people leaving the country without informing the municipality.

From 2010 onwards emigration numbers increased slightly because of a change in the production process.

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