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70,000 southern Europeans live in the Netherlands

Thursday 28 February 2013

Some 70,000 people from Portugal, Greece, Spain and Italy now live in the Netherlands, up from almost 25,000 at the turn of the century, according to new figures from the national statistics office CBS.

One in seven live in Amsterdam, but Rotterdam and The Hague are also popular places to live. In addition, student cities like Delft, Wageningen and Groningen have significant southern European communities, the CBS said.

The population of the Zeeland town of Reimerswaal, which has 22,000 residents, has seen its Portuguese population rise 3,000% from seven to 218 over the past 12 years.

According to a council spokesman, they have been attracted by the local mussel farming industry. 'We are now at a maximum,' he said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Being a Non-european expat, I live in the Netherlands for family and not economic reasons. In the past 14 years, I find it great to have diversity. In the long term, I wonder why there is such stagnation and corruption in Southern Europe and no progress to give more hope for the future and youth employment.

By LLW Delft | 28 February 2013 12:04 PM

What do you mean by corruption? Horse meat sold as cow meat? Biological eggs that are not?

By Maria | 28 February 2013 2:56 PM

Well, migrations are cyclic, and people should be free to travel to places where they can have a better life. Don't forget history and the huge number of Dutch people that fled the country to the U.S.A and Canada after the II World War. Other times, other expats.

By Catarina | 28 February 2013 3:44 PM

And take into account that many of the people from the south that are moving to the Netherlands don't work on farms but have high level studies and work on research, engineering,...

By David | 28 February 2013 5:17 PM

I wouldn't worry; when the next ice age comes along, we'll all be migrating to Southern Europe (again) in order to survive.

In the meantime, did Wilders set up a report-the-southern-European website yet?

By osita | 28 February 2013 6:33 PM

A local Dutch bulb business looks set to move to Southern Europe - Greece!
I know the owner, and the previous owner.
Previous owner will be Upset to see the business & jobs go to Greece!

By Gerard | 28 February 2013 6:35 PM

In Portugal, the fake Democracy that lasts for 40 years its becoming very expensive. Its costing us our future

By Carlos | 28 February 2013 11:20 PM

I'll make you a pizza that you cannot refuse! ;)

By fabrizio | 1 March 2013 10:39 PM

Does the UK also do anti-advertising in those southern countries? Or is that reserved for Bulgaria and Romania?

By pepe | 1 March 2013 11:54 PM

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