Record number of immigrants in 2010

9th February 2011, Comments 1 comment

A record number of immigrants came to the Netherlands last year. The Dutch statistics office CBS says 150,000 people came to live in the country, 3,000 more than in 2009.

The number of immigrants has consistently risen since 2006. Most of them come from other European Union countries.

Last year, 118,000 people emigrated from the Netherlands, 6,000 more than in 2009. This was the first rise for three years in the number leaving the country. They were mostly native Dutch people and those who originated elsewhere in the EU.

The total Dutch population continues to go up little by little. The CBS puts it at 16.7 million on 1 January 2011, 80,000 more than a year earlier.

Too few homes around Amsterdam Nearly 1.5 million people moved house within the country in 2010. That was 3,000 less than in 2009 - the sharp decrease experienced because of the economic crisis that year has slowed but not been reversed.

The area around the capital Amsterdam continues to experience an influx of residents, according to other official figures. The provincial government of North Holland says the region has a shortfall of about 30,000 houses mostly in the Amsterdam area.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Jimmy posted:

    on 9th February 2011, 15:54:44 - Reply

    Short of houses.... Rubbish! Are those 'short of houses' living on the streets, sleeping on a matress of cash just waiting to buy a new house?? I dont think so.