Population growth heading for 100-year low

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6 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Dutch population growth this year could be just 0.2 percent, the lowest figure since 1900, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said on Monday. The CBS attributed the figures to a strong decline in the immigration rate and a rise in the rate of emigration.

6 September 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch population growth this year could be just 0.2 percent, the lowest figure since 1900, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said on Monday.
 
The CBS attributed the figures to a strong decline in the immigration rate and a rise in the rate of emigration.

Just 12,000 new residents were recorded in the first part of this year, notably less than half of the 28,000 new residents recorded in the same period in 2003.

Should the trend continue, the Dutch population will grow by less than 30,000 this year, representing 0.2 percent in growth. This would be the lowest rate recorded since 1900, the CBS said.

The lowest growth figure was recorded at the start of the 1980s. Population growth was also low midway through the 1990s. Both of these population figures were recorded at times of low Dutch economic growth.

Alternatively, the CBS said the relatively high population growth rates around 1990 and 2000 occurred at times of high economic growth.

The relationship is especially due to the fact that the rate of immigration increases when the economy is performing well and declines in times of poor economic growth. The reverse applies for emigration.

In the first half of 2004, the rate of immigration fell so strongly in combination with a rising rate of emigration that the net result translated into a negative affect on population growth.

The number of emigrants topped the number of immigrants to the Netherlands by 13,000. It was the largest exodus surplus recorded since the 1950s.

But the poor economy is not the only reason. The CBS said stronger conditions imposed on asylum seekers and immigrants had contributed to the declining rate of population growth.
 
The relationship between the economy and population growth is strengthened due to the fact that the birth rate is also linked to the economic climate.

In 2000, when the Dutch economy was riding high, the birth rate was very high, but in the first six months of 2004, the number of births declined. The decline is partly attributable to the economy.

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