Dutch news in brief, 23 May 2006

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Record number of emigrants, The Netherlands is losing residents at record levels. In 2005, 121,000 Dutch people moved abroad, while 92,000 migrants entered the country. The Netherlands now has the highest net emigration figures in Europe. "On balance 27,000 people left the Netherlands. That is unique in Europe," Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said. This reverses decades of net immigration into the Netherlands. Emigration rates have been higher than immigration since 2003 and there seems to be no end in sight

Record number of emigrants

The Netherlands is losing residents at record levels. In 2005, 121,000 Dutch people moved abroad, while 92,000 migrants entered the country. The Netherlands now has the highest net emigration figures in Europe. "On balance 27,000 people left the Netherlands. That is unique in Europe," Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said. This reverses decades of net immigration into the Netherlands. Emigration rates have been higher than immigration since 2003 and there seems to be no end in sight for the trend.  A total of 29,000 people left the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2006, 5,000 more than in the same period the year before. Two of the main destinations were Belgium and Germany.

Nederwiet is not a hard drug: minister

The Dutch government continues to consider the Dutch cannabis known as 'Nederwiet' to be a soft drug, Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst said in a letter to parliament. Conceding the cannabis product has had stronger effects on users in recent years, the Minister said these effects were not so bad as to class Nederwiet as a hard drug. Hoogervorst warned earlier he would re-classify the cannabis if it was shown to be a health risk. A study by the national health institute RIVM suggested the drug's impact was not as serious as some people feared.

Children cycling less

Children are cycling less in the Netherlands. Young people, aged six to 14, cycled 10 percent fewer kilometres in recent years compared with the years before that, according to Bruno Bruins of traffic organisation 3VO in newspaper 'Nederlands Dagblad'. City children in particular are shunning the bike. Bruins said there should be official days when the children have to cycle to school.

Doubts over oldest Dutch person

A Zoetermeer woman who was granted the title of the oldest person in the Netherlands has said she doesn't deserve it as she is considerably younger than her documented age of 109. Social insurance bank SVB said last week she was the oldest person in the country following the passing of Alexandrina van Donkelaar-Vink at the age of 111. But the new 'title-holder', who wishes to remain anonymous, isn't so sure. She did not have official papers when she arrived in the Netherlands from Indonesia in the 1950s. She was registered in the Netherlands as having been born on 1 July 1896. It was common practice to assign the dates 1 January or 1 July when the true date could not be established.

400 turkeys die in road accident

A goods lorry carrying 800 live turkeys overturned at the Waterberg junction near Arnhem in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Half of the cargo of birds did not survive the accident. Cages containing the rest of the birds were transferred to another truck. The road was closed for several hours during the operation to remove the truck and its contents.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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