CBS: large fall in expat immigration
12 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The number of expats entering the Netherlands to take up a job has declined strongly in recent years, but an increasing number of foreigners are entering the country to marry, according to new figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
12 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — The number of expats entering the Netherlands to take up a job has declined strongly in recent years, but an increasing number of foreigners are entering the country to marry, according to new figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
The CBS said on Monday that 74,000 immigrants entered the country without a Dutch passport last year, 13,000 fewer than in 2002. A total of 104,500 people moved to the Netherlands last year, including 30,000 Dutch nationals.
Of the 78,000 non Dutch immigrants last year, more than 22 percent entered the Netherlands for work, 18.6 percent for family reunification purposes, 12.6 percent as asylum seekers, 11.9 percent as students and 6.2 percent for other reasons.
But like 2002, the immigrants entering the country to marry represented the largest group of newcomers. More than 28 percent of the non-Dutch immigrants entered the country to marry or enter a registered partnership.
The number of immigrants coming to the Netherlands to marry has risen from 13,000 in 2000 to 21,000 last year, news service NIS reported.
But the number of expats — the second largest group — has strongly declined in recent years.
The fall was overshadowed though by the decline in the number of asylum seekers.In 2003, some 9,300 asylum seekers entered the country last year, just one third of the total number of asylum seekers recorded in 2000.
The number of people entering the country to join family already in the Netherlands has remained stable since 1996.
Meanwhile, the CBS figures also indicated that about 75 percent of expat workers immigrants leave the Netherlands within six years. Au pairs, students and trainee workers leave even more quickly.
The study also found that of all the immigrants who entered the Netherlands in 1997, some 40 percent are no longer Dutch residents. These included primarily au pairs, students, people following work placement training and expats.
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Subject: Dutch news