Most immigrants now come from Syria

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), 2.6 thousand Syrians were registered in Dutch municipalities in April 2016, making it the largest group of immigrants. Immigration from Syria has risen since the end of last year after the arrival of asylum seekers and following family members in 2015. Asylum seekers holding a residence permit and those who have stayed in asylum centres for a period of at least six months are allowed to register in a Dutch municipality. They acquire the immigrant status and as such are considered to be official residents of the Netherlands. Following family members also have access to this immigration procedure.

Since October 2015 Syrians constitute the largest group of immigrants in the population after immigrants born in the Netherlands. Poland is in third place. In April 2.6 thousand immigrants staying in the Netherlands were born in Syria, 1.9 thousand were born in the Netherlands and 1.8 thousand were of Polish descent. The number of Syrian immigrants was marginally lower than in February and March: 2.8 thousand in both months.

Top 3 native countries immigrants
Top 3 native countries immigrants
 SyriaNetherlandsPoland
2015 J1.7662.2651.864
2015 F1.5011.7971.866
2015 M1.4842.062.027
2015 A1.5411.8051.651
2015 M1.3251.6281.559
2015 J1.3872.62.01
2015 J1.7533.6222.141
2015 A1.5843.5421.946
2015 S1.8252.7982.349
2015 O2.1612.1252.141
2015 N2.1961.8921.893
2015 D2.2392.211.458
2016 J2.4692.2381.721
2016 F2.8062.0142.137
2016 M2.8112.1681.854
2016 A2.5561.9141.809

Immigration follows inflow of asylum seekers with some delay

Last year 27.7 thousand Syrian asylum seekers and following family members arrived in the Netherlands. By now, part of them are registered in the Personal Records Database of a Dutch municipality. After the massive inflow of asylum seekers in the latter half of 2015, the duration period of asylum procedures has increased and the decision-making process takes longer. As a result, the peak of Syrian asylum seekers in the Netherlands recorded around October 2015 is reflected in the immigration data with some delay.

Asylum requests and immigration Syrians
Asylum requests and immigration Syrians
 Asylum requests and following family membersImmigration
2015 J7201766
2015 F5101501
2015 M5501484
2015 A6401541
2015 M11601325
2015 J16751387
2015 J22651753
2015 A38351584
2015 S52501825
2015 O64352161
2015 N30752196
2015 D15402239
2016 J11452469
2016 F7552806
2016 M3352811
2016 A2952556

Inflow asylum seekers slows down substantially

The number of Syrians submitting a first request for asylum has fallen to 100 in April. In the same month 195 following family members from Syria arrived in the Netherlands. Just as in March, most asylum requests (135) were filed by Albanians.
The total number of first asylum requests and following family members also declined further, to 1,325 in April 2016. After the peak (11.7 thousand) in October 2015, the number of requests registered by the IND has fallen each month. For the first time in 2016, the number of asylum requests was lower than in the same month last year.

First requests for asylum and following family members
First requests for asylum and following family members
 201420152016
Jan161015953340
Feb133013152465
Mar127013601675
Apr259517101325
May35003245
Jun19704170
Jul25304625
Aug24556940
Sep34208405
Oct246511720
Nov19507305
Dec20754555

More statistical data can be accessed in the dossier asylum seekers.