Immigration increased in 2006

16th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – More than 101,000 people settled in the Netherlands last year, an increase of 10,000 immigrants compared to 2005, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) announced today.

16 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – More than 101,000 people settled in the Netherlands last year, an increase of 10,000 immigrants compared to 2005, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) announced today.

The increase was due to Dutch people returning from living abroad and immigrants from within the EU, mainly from Poland and Germany.
 
Immigration figures have been rising for the past four years, but the number last year was still far less than the 130,000 coming to the Netherlands in 2000 and 2001.

The number of Dutch that returned from living abroad increased by 3,000 to a total of 23,000 last year.

More than 30,000 people emigrated to the Netherlands from countries within the EU. CBS attributed this to the improving economy and the relaxed legislation for labour migrants. The largest single group among these immigrants was from Poland (8,000 people).

The influx of immigrants from traditional immigration countries like Turkey, Morocco and Surinam fell slightly. The number of immigrants from the Antilles and Aruba increased.

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