Caribbean Netherlands; population, births, deaths, migration

Table description


This table contains information about population developments due to birth, mortality and foreign migration on the islands of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius.
Since 10 October 2010, the islands of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius have the status of 'special municipalities' of the Netherlands.

Data available from: 2011

Status of the figures:
All figures presented in the table are final.

Changes as from 23 April 2021:
The figures of the 'Population dynamics' for the subjects 'Arrivals in the CN municipality', 'Removal from CN municipality' for the years 2017 to 2019 have been corrected for all municipalities in the Caribbean Netherlands. As a result, the figures for the 'Net migration' and the 'Other corrections' have also changed.
Figures for 2020 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
Final figures for 2021 will be published in the second quarter of 2022.

Description topics

Population dynamics
Changes in size, composition and / or location of the population.

Population:
The total number of people residing in a given area.
The total number of people residing in the CaribbeanNetherlands. In the population statistics compiled by Statistics Netherlands the inhabitants are the people registered in the population register of a CN municipality.
The population registers do not include persons living in the Caribbean Netherlands who fall under exemption provisions regarding inclusion in the population registers (e.g. diplomats) and persons who do not legally reside in the Caribbean Netherlands.

Caribbean Netherlands
Residents of a municipality in the Caribbean Netherlands.
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba has had the status of a 'special municipality' of the Netherlands since 10 October 2010.
Arrivals in the CN municipality
Arrivals in the CN (Caribbean Netherlands) municipality due to immigration or intermunicipal move.

Immigration
People moving to the CN municipalities from another country.
For Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, also includes immigration from European Netherlands.
Persons must be entered in the municipal population register to be counted as migrants.

Municipal population register
A computerised population register used by the municipalities.
Total arrivals
Total arrivals in a CN municipality.
Immigration
People moving to Caribbean Netherlands from another country.

For Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, also includes immigration from European Netherlands.
These persons must be entered in the municipal population register to be counted as migrants.


Arrivals from another CN municipality
Persons taking up residence in the municipalities of Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba who come from another Caribbean Netherlands municipality.
Removal from CN municipality
Persons moving to another municipality in Caribbean Netherlands or abroad (emigration).

Emigration:
Departure of people abroad. This concerns the emigration reported to the municipality. At Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, departure to European Netherlands is also counted. In order to be counted as an expatriate, these persons must be registered in the municipal population register.
Total removals (including administr...
Total removals (including administrative corrections)

Emigration including net administrative corrections.

Data on emigration including net administrative corrections give a better impression of the true level of emigration than data on emigration excluding net administrative corrections.

Balance of administrative corrections:
Administrative entries into minus administrative removals of personal data from the municipal population register.

Administrative entry:
Decision by a municipality, at the request of the person concerned, to include that person in its population while it has no knowledge of birth, immigration or establishment of that person from another municipality in the Caribbean Netherlands.

Administrative removal:
Decision by a municipality no longer to include a person in its population, once it has established that the address of the person is unknown, the person cannot be contacted and probably no longer resides in a municipality in the Caribbean Netherlands.
Emigration (including administrative...
Removals (including administrative corrections)

Persons moving to another municipality in Caribbean Netherlands or abroad (emigration).

Emigration including net administrative corrections.

Data on emigration including net administrative corrections give a better impression of the true level of emigration than data on emigration excluding net administrative corrections.

Balance of administrative corrections:
Administrative entries into minus administrative removals of personal data from the municipal population register.

Administrative entry:
Decision by a municipality, at the request of the person concerned, to include that person in its population while it has no knowledge of birth, immigration or establishment of that person from another municipality in the CaribbeanNetherlands.

Administrative removal:
Decision by a municipality no longer to include a person in its population, once it has established that the address of the person is unknown, the person cannot be contacted and probably no longer resides in a municipality in the Caribbean Netherlands.
Removal to another CN municipality
Persons moving from Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba to another CN-municipality.

International migration:
People who moved to the Caribbean Netherlands or inhabitants who leave the Caribbean Netherlands.

People moved within CN municipalities
Persons relocating with the old and the new address located in the same municipality. Changes of address which result from changes in the street name, house number and the like are not considered relocations.

In 2016 and 2017, the number of persons who relocated within St. Eustatius was higher than might generally be expected. This was due to unregistered house moves. As a result, people were not residing at the address which was registered in the local population register. This discrepancy showed by means of returned voting cards during the course of the elections in 2017. Based on this information, the municipality took action to update address information in the population register.
In 2013, the number of persons who moved within Saba was higher than may be expected regularly. This was due to administrative changes in residential addresses on Saba that year. These administrative changes could not be distinguished from regular house moves.