The majority of the Dutch Caribbean population were born on one of the islands in the former Netherlands Antilles. In most cases, they were born on the island where they currently live or on an adjacent island.
The special relationship with the Netherlands is corroborated by the fact that one tenth of the population are natives of the Netherlands. Another large proportion of residents were born on the mainland of South or Central America.
Dutch Caribbean residents by country of birth, 2011
St Eustatius and Saba have more residents from outside the Kingdom than Bonaire
The distribution by country of birth of the residents of St Eustatius and Saba (the Windward Islands) varies from Bonaire. It is remarkable that the majority of residents of St Eustatius and Saba were not born on one of the islands in the former Netherlands Antilles.
Residents of St Eustatius by country of birth, 2011
Residents of Saba by country of birth, 2011
On St Eustatius this is due to the presence of a large international company and on Saba the diversity of the population is due to the presence of Saba University.
The English-speaking islands of St Eustatius and Saba do not have such a close relationship with the Netherlands as the Dutch-speaking island of Bonaire. This becomes obvious by the fact that a larger proportion of Bonaire’s population were born in the Netherlands.
Residents of Bonaire by country of birth, 2011
Frank van der Linden
Source: Dutch Caribbean islands residents by country of birth, 2011