No 'brain drain' in Netherlands

22nd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Immigration Minister Ger Leers says that the Netherlands need not fear a brain drain.

In a letter to parliament, the minister writes that most native Dutch leaving the Netherlands are looking for more nature and ‘wide open spaces’, not for better jobs. Most of the second generation migrants who emigrate to their parents’ country of origin do not have higher education.

Minister Leers wrote his letter in answer to questions from Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, which fears large numbers of highly educated native Dutch people will ‘flee’ the country, leaving the Netherlands stuck with large numbers of uneducated migrants.

Data provided by the Dutch statistics office show that the number of native Dutch emigrants has dropped each year since 2006 and went up by two percent in 2010. “Within this group, emigration of native Dutch people has decreased slightly, while emigration of second generation migrants has slightly increased”.

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