Lower educated women are less often active on the labour market than women educated at secondary or higher level
The Dutch population is estimated to grow by 86 thousand in 2009. The increase exceeds last year’s population growth by 5.5 thousand.
On 1 January 2009, just over 1.1 million people in the Netherlands had at least one other nationality alongside the Dutch nationality. This is nearly three times the number on 1 January 1995.
On 1 January 2008 there were over 70 thousand refugees living in the Netherlands.
In the period 2004-2005, perinatal mortality in children of people with a non-western background belonging to the first generation had grown by more than half compared to children of native Dutch parents. The highest perinatal and infant mortality rates were recorded among children of Antillean, Aruban and Surinamese mothers.
In the third quarter of 2009, nearly 11 percent of people with a non-western ethnic background living in the Netherlands were unemployed, as opposed to 8 percent one year previously. The young and male non-western population in the Netherlands were seriously affected by the recession.
On 1 January 2009, a quarter of a million people from eastern Europe had settled in the Netherlands, nearly four times as many as during the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, twenty years ago to the day.
The decrease in the number of marriage migration came to an end in 2008. Just as in 2007, 8 percent of people in the Netherlands with a foreign background who married, did so with a partner who migrated from their own country of origin.
Students with a non-western background in general secondary vocational education (mbo) more often than native Dutch students prefer the more theoretically-oriented learning track (bol) to the apprenticeship-based learning track (bbl).
In June 2009, there were 104 thousand workers from Eastern European EU member states in the Netherlands, about as many as in June 2008. The sharp increase in recent years has almost completely come to a standstill in the second quarter of 2009. In the period June 2007–June 2008, the annual growth still amounted to more than 40 thousand.
In 2008, 13.4 thousand first requests for asylum were submitted in the Netherlands. One quarter of these requests concerned children younger than 18 years.
Some 700 thousand people in the Netherlands say they have plans to live abroad for a period of at least eight months.
In the second quarter of 2009, the relocation rate declined by 10 percent relative to one year previously.
The population group in the Netherlands with a non-western foreign background will age strongly in the next few decades. According to Statistics Netherlands’ latest forecast of the foreign population in the Netherlands, the number of over-65s with a non-western foreign background will increase from just under 70 thousand today to more than 520 thousand in 2050.
More than half the adult population of the Netherlands had an active DigiD on 1 July 2008.
Nearly one quarter of households with a foreign background report to have transferred money abroad, predominantly to the countries where their parents, relatives or friends live.
The number of requests for asylum submitted in the Netherlands in 2008 nearly doubled compared to 2007. The increase is much more substantial than in the European Union (EU) as a whole, where the number of asylum requests rose by 6 percent.
In secondary vocational education (mbo), women more often than men opt for training programmes at a higher level. Programmes with an emphasis on socio-pedagogical subjects are particularly popular.
Unemployment fell slightly in 2008 among people in the Netherlands with a non-western foreign background.
In 2008, net population growth in the Netherlands was more than 81 thousand, i.e. 34 thousand more than in 2007.
In 2001, immigration from the former Soviet republics reached a record level, when more than 6 thousand people came to the Netherlands. Since 2004, immigration is stable at approximately 3 thousand a year. Most immigrants come from the Caucasus region, e.g. Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
In 2007, some 80 thousand non-Dutch immigrants entered the Netherlands. Finding a job was the main motive.