Labour migrants in the age category 18-64, who entered the Netherlands between 1999 and 2003, were monitored until 31 December 2005. The analysis was confined to 46 thousand labour migrants who managed to find jobs immediately after their arrival in the Netherlands.
More than 70 percent of labour migrants who settled in the Netherlands after 1999, were men. Three quarters were not married, 85 percent had no children at all or no children under the age of 18 to look after. Their average age was just over 30. More than 60 percent came from EU countries, 1 percent came from Morocco, 2 percent from Turkey, 5 percent from the former Warsaw Pact countries, 16 percent from western countries and 14 percent from non-western countries.
Data from the Central Register Foreigners (CRV) of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) are linked to longitudinal micro data from the Social Statistical Database (SSB).