One in three refugee families in the Netherlands lives below the official poverty line and just 10% has an income of more than €30,000 a year, according to research from the national statistics office CBS.
In the population in general, 50% of households earn more than €30,000 a year, the CBS says.
The poor financial position families with a refugee background find themselves in is due to language problems, the fact they have not been in the country long, and the extra expenses they face.
Dorine Manson of the Dutch refugee organisation Vluchtelingenwerk said in a statement the situation will become worse when measures to make refugees pay for their own integration and language courses become law.
‘They will not be able to pay, they will go into debt and end up in an increasingly disadvantaged position,’ Manson said.