Minorities give more to charity

Dutch nationals with an ethnic minority background give more money to good causes than the native Dutch, according to researchers at Amsterdam’s Free University (vu).

On average, immigrants give €600 a year away, the Dutch €400. Both totals include money given to friends and family in the Netherlands and overseas.
In total, immigrants sent €250m back to their country of origin in 2007, with people from the Antillean islands sending the most (€825). Eight out of 10 migrant families give money to Dutch charities.
Researcher Christine Carbain told Trouw that the generosity of immigrants is surprising given that they tend to be concentrated in lower income groups.

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