Indian knowledge migration has doubled

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In the period 2012-2017, immigration from India to the Netherlands more than doubled to over 8,600 annually. These are mainly knowledge migrants, with three-quarters employed in IT and information services. The main purpose of stay for these additional migrants is either knowledge migration or family reunion. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on a new study on immigration from India.

After Syrians, Indian immigrants formed the largest group of new non-EU residents registering in the Netherlands in 2017. Indian migration flows increased yearly in the period 2012-2017. In 2017, the Netherlands received 8,630 migrants from India, versus 3,955 in 2012.

Inflow of Indian immigrants
JaarInflow of Indian immigrants
20123955
20134475
20145045
20156140
20167245
20178630

Mainly knowledge and family migration

The larger inflow from India in the period 2012–2017 was due in particular to a rise in knowledge and family migration: the majority of arrivals in that period were knowledge migrants (44 percent) and family migrants (37 percent).

Although the share of student migrants from India is considerably lower (14 percent), their number is on the rise as well. There were 425 Indian student migrants in 2012; by 2017, this had gone up to 1,400.

Inflow of Indian immigrants, by migration motive
MigratiemotiefKnowledge migrantsFamily migrantsStudent migrantsOther labour migrantsOther
20121715152542523060
20131975167556523035
20142225188068025010
20152695222097523515
20163260272096528515
201737603150140026550

Knowledge migrants working in IT and information services

Three in four Indian knowledge migrants are employed in the sector IT and information services. In this sector, the Indians work mainly on developing, producing and publishing software, but also in IT consultancy.

Higher personal income for knowledge migrants

Indian knowledge migrants earn a higher personal income than the median employee or self-employed in the Netherlands. In the years 2013-2017, the median personal income for all employees and self-employed in the Netherlands amounted to 34.0 thousand euros. Indian knowledge migrants earned a median income of 40.3 thousand euros.

On the other hand, their median personal income saw a less substantial rise over the period 2012-2017 than that of the total number employed in the Netherlands. Relative to 2013, the median personal income of (self-)employed persons in the Netherlands was 5.4 percent higher in 2017. The median personal income of Indian knowledge migrants stood at 39.6 thousand euros in 2013; this amount had increased by 3.9 percent in 2017.

Annual median personal income (x 1,000 euros)
Werkenden20132017
Indian knowledge migrants39.641.2
Total employed and self-employed in the Netherlands33.134.9

Indian migrants live concentrated

Indian migrants live concentrated in a limited number of municipalities. The knowledge and family migrants who came to the Netherlands in 2017 mostly live in Amsterdam, The Hague, Amstelveen and Eindhoven.

The majority of the immigrants who chose Delft are student migrants. Indian student migrants mainly attend university with technology, industrial design and civil engineering as subjects. Apart from Delft, there are concentrations of student migrants in Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Inflow of Indian immigrants, 2017
GemeenteIndian immigrants
Amsterdam2608
The Hague949
Amstelveen904
Eindhoven878
Utrecht591
Delft423
Rotterdam357
Haarlemmermeer184
Groningen160
Almere143
Enschede140
Arnhem114
Maastricht110
Leiden86
Hilversum84
Leidschendam-Voorburg78
Nijmegen65
Haarlem50
Wageningen44
Breda40
Total other municipalities608