Chaos at citizens’ registry office

Over 100,000 Amsterdammers – 15% of the population – do not live at the address where they are officially registered, according to an investigation by current affairs TV show, Network.

Officials estimate address-related fraud costs the city tens of millions of euros a year. The most common fraud involves couples claiming to live separately in order to be eligible for higher benefits. Students also use false addresses rather than admitting to living at home, which entitles them to bigger grants. Pensioners who live abroad can also get more money with a Dutch address.

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