Dutch migration at record levels

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The past year saw a substantial increase in migration to and from the Netherlands.

Data published on Tuesday by the Dutch statistics office CBS show that 160,000 people moved to the Netherlands from abroad, 6,000 more than in 2010. Emigration rose to 133,000 in 2011, 12,000 more than in the previous year.

Most of the immigrations came from other EU member states, both old and new. The past year saw a net population increase of 72,000 people, 9,000 less than in 2010. The Netherlands currently has 16.7 million inhabitants.

The CBS reports 180,000 births compared to 135,000 deaths. The number of births has gone down by 4,000 compared to 2010. The decrease is blamed on economic developments and only to a minor degree on the number of women of fertile age. The ageing population has not led to an increased in deaths in 2010, writes the CBS.

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