The international and national measures introduced in March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak have resulted in a lower influx of asylum seekers and following family members.
Asylum requests and family reunification
nationality, sex and age
In 2018, the Netherlands received 191 thousand non-Dutch immigrants. They included 110 thousand people from EU/EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland); the main migration motive within this group was labour.
Revenue collected from taxes and social contributions
Types of taxes and social contributions
Statutory social security benefits,
Social Assistance Benefits
Of all 12 to 17-year-old asylum status holders who received a residence permit in 2014, 15 percent were enrolled in labour-oriented practical training (PRO, praktijkonderwijs) on 1 October 2018.
Immigration more than halved in the weeks following the implementation of COVID-19 measures and the number of Syrian refugees fell to a low in those weeks.
In March 2020, the number of first asylum requests stood at 1,025.
EU member states and some countries outside the EU
In Q1 2020, the population of the Netherlands grew less rapidly than in the same quarter last year. 15.5 thousand inhabitants were added, i.e. 8.7 thousand down on Q1 2019.
Annual study of register data on reception and integration of asylum migrants arriving in the Netherlands since 2014, 2014-2019
Historical data; first, subsequent asylum requests and Family members
Budgeted revenues municipal levies
millions of euros and euros per inhabitant by region and size class.
Budgeted income municipal levies
Realised revenues municipal levies in million euros
and euros per inhabitant by region and size class
Of the asylum seekers who obtained a residence permit in 2014 and were subject to the integration requirement, 58 percent had passed the civic integration exam on reference date 1 October 2018. Two percent of the status holders had exceeded the three-year integration term.
Background file on population and immigration.
Monthly statistics, size of the Dutch population and births, deaths,
external migration, marriages, divorces and requests for asylum,
In 2017, the Netherlands welcomed more than 2,265 invited refugees. Many of these refugees were able to settle in the Netherlands as part of the EU-Turkey Statement of 18 March 2016.
In Q1 2018, 4.2 thousand asylum seekers and 2.1 thousand following family members were registered in the Netherlands.
Out of the asylum seekers who obtained a residence permit in 2014, 11 percent were in work after 30 months; 84 percent of status holders were benefit recipients.
Cohort study on asylum migrants who arrived in the Netherlands between Jan. 2014 and July 2017.