The Dutch Annual Report on Integration 2008 was published on 6 November 2008. This report, compiled by Statistics Netherlands, provides a factual overview of developments in the integration of various ethnic minorities in Dutch society
More than 7 percent of children in the Netherlands under 18 years of age lived in a household that dependent on income support in 2007. This is a total of just over 250 thousand children.
In 2007, well over 26 thousand people with a foreign background got married.
More than 31 thousand Americans were living in the Netherlands op 1 January 2008. Many more Dutch people live in the United States: according to the US Bureau of the Census, over 100 thousand Dutch people lived there in 2001.
In 2007, one in eleven (575 thousand) workers in the employed labour force worked flexible hours. The share of flex workers has risen since 2003 after years of decline, but the high level of the late 1990s has as yet not been reached.
People with a non-western background fairly frequently indicate that Dutch is a difficult language for them. Turks find it harder than Moroccans to speak, read and write Dutch.
In the period June-August 2008, the number of unemployed persons averaged 294 thousand, i.e. 3.8 percent of the labour force, as opposed to 4.4 percent in the same period last year.
At the end of June 2008, nearly 26 thousand asylumseekers in the Netherlands had been granted leave to remain in the Netherlands indefinitely based on the ‘pardon regulation’ of 2007. Most of these asylumseekers are from the former Soviet Union.
In the first six months of 2008, the population increased by nearly 30 thousand, because more people arrived in the Netherlands than left the country.
People who grew up in low-income families – in particular people with a non-western background –often have low incomes themselves.
The drowning rate is higher among children from non-western countries who recently immigrated to the Netherlands than among native Dutch children.
The number of families with four or more children living at home has dropped dramatically over the past decade. The decline was more substantial among families with a non-western background than among native Dutch families.
By the end of 2007, the municipalities of Reiderland, Pekela and Veendam in the province of Groningen had the highest proportion of young social security claimants.
Nearly 32 thousand people immigrated to the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2008, nearly 6 thousand more than twelve months previously.
The fall in unemployment among people with a non-western foreign background in the Netherlands quickened in 2007.
Just over 76 thousand first and second generation former Yugoslavs were living in the Netherlands on 1 January 2008. An estimated 11 percent of these, some 8.5 thousand, can be counted as Kosovars.
In 2007, just over 123 thousand emigrants left the Netherlands, 9 thousand fewer than in 2006. For the first time since 2000, the upward trend was abandoned.
In 2007, the number of asylum requests submitted in the Netherlands had reached its lowest point since 1988. Iraqi and Somali asylum seekers constituted the largest groups.
On 1 January 2008, the Dutch population totalled 16.4 millon.