One in five crime suspects is ‘foreign’

Prison interior with dramatic lightAlmost one in five people suspected of committing a crime in the Netherlands in 2013 was a foreigner, according to the national statistics office CBS.

One in 10 crime suspects had no permanent address and was either a tourist, part of a travelling crime gang or a seasonal worker, the CBS said.

Different nationalities also have their own specialisms in terms of crime, the CBS figures show.

Belgians, Germans and French nationals are more likely to be involved in drugs-related crime.

Polish nationals tend towards shop-lifting, while Romanian suspects are accused of 40% of pickpocketing incidents. Lithuanians are more prone to car theft. British suspects, by contrast, are more likely to be involved in violent crime.

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation