The Dutch population grew by almost 50,000 in the first quarter of 2022, with refugees from Ukraine accounting for half the increase.
Deaths outnumbered births by nearly 3 million, with both figures lower than in 2021. According to the provisional figures from the statistics agency CBS 40,300 children were born between January and March while 43,100 people died.
Net immigration rose sharply in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with 87,600 people arriving in the country including 25,100 Ukrainians. In 2019 the CBS recorded 64,100 new migrants in the first quarter, while during last year’s lockdown the rate slowed to 48,200.
Altogether 35,000 people left the Netherlands during the period, more than in 2021 but lower than in the first quarter of 2020, when 40,200 emigrated.
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