Ten fastest growing population groups with migrant background, 2016
Syrian refugees contribute most to population growthSave a few exceptions, nearly all groups with a migrant background have increased. With 29 thousand, first-generation Syrians, i.e. people born in Syria and migrated to the Netherlands, account for more than one-quarter of the population growth. With 2 thousand, the increase in second-generation Syrians (people born in the Netherlands and at least one parent born in Syria) was fairly modest. The number of migrants from other EU member states grew by approximately 25 thousand, mainly due to migration. Within the European Union, Polish nationals contributed the largest share (nearly 9 thousand), although growth is currently levelling off. In 2014, nearly 15 thousand Polish citizens emigrated to the Netherlands.
First-generation immigrants also account for the growing number of people from India, Eritrea and Ethiopia. The increase among Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands is almost entirely due to second-generation immigrants. The share of first-generation Moroccans remained fairly stable, while the share of first-generation Turks declined marginally, partly as a result of emigration and death.
Population developments six ethnic groups, 2016