EU nationals account for almost half of new immigrants to the Netherlands

The number of people moving to the Netherlands outstripped the number of people leaving by 81,000 last year, according to new figures from national statistics agency CBS. In total, 235,000 people, almost half of whom came from another EU country, moved to the Netherlands in 2017, while 154,000 people left. Refugees who had been given residency permits accounted for some 27,000 of the total number of new arrivals. The CBS says there has been a structural rise in the number of both immigrants and emigrants since World War II but that many migrants do not stay long in the Netherlands. 'Since 2012, 70% of the people leaving the Netherlands were immigrants while the rest were born in the Netherlands,' the CBS said. 'The Dutch economy is booming and this is attracting people,' migration history professor Leo Lucassen told the Volkskrant. 'The higher education sector is also attracting a lot of foreign students.'  More >

No-deal Brexit will cost Dutch €34bn

A no-deal Brexit will cost the Netherlands at least €34bn up to 2030, the equivalent of €164 per resident per year, according to calculations by economic research bureau SEO for economics magazine ESB and quoted by the Financieele Dagblad. The researchers reach their conclusion by combining the various estimates about the impact of a chaotic exit which have been made to date, the FD said. The national audit office, for example, says when Britain leaves the EU, the Netherlands will have to pay an extra €1.25bn in 2021 to shore up the EU budget. That, combined with a structural increase of €2.5bn to €3bn a year from 2026 will add €15bn to the bill. But in the case of a no-deal Brexit, the Netherlands will also have to pay an extra €1.6bn in 2019 and 2020. In addition, the Dutch government has set aside €650 to prepare for Brexit, including a major boost in spending on customs services, the audit office said last year. The government's macro-economic planning bureau CPB also estimates that the economy will take a €10bn hit because of the introduction of tariffs and other trade issues. But with a deal, the cost to the Dutch economy and taxpayer will only be €7.5bn, the CPB says. Close links Experts say the impact of Brexit on the Netherlands will be larger than in many other countries because of the close trading links between the two. The International Monetary Fund said last July that should Britain pull out of the EU without any fixed trade deal in place in March, Dutch national income would fall by 0.7%. Only Ireland with a projected fall back of 4% in national income would be worse affected, the IMF said.  More >

NL will take six from migrant rescue ship

The Netherlands is prepared to take a maximum of six of the 32 migrants on board a Dutch flagged rescue ship in the Mediterranean, the Telegraaf has reported. The paper says justice ministry sources say that the Netherlands will take in several people as long as other EU countries divide up the rest between them. The justice ministry confirmed to at the end of December that the Netherlands has asked several countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea for help in finding a harbour for the ship. And a spokesman told AFP this week that 'the Netherlands has indicated a readiness to possibly take in a proportional number of migrants who are on board Sea-Watch 3, on condition that other European countries do the same.' Two weeks The Sea Watch 3, operated by German aid group Sea-Watch, is sailing under the Dutch flag and has been looking for a destination for more than two weeks. Naples mayor Luigi de Magistris said on Thursday that he is prepared to open the port to Sea Watch, despite the position of Italy's right-wing government. 'I hope this boat comes to the port of Naples because unlike what the government says we will put into the field a rescue action and we will let it into the port,' he said. The 32 migrants on board come from Congo, Sudan, Libya and Egypt. Their number includes six minors, three of whom are travelling alone. The ship is currently in international waters off the coast of Libya.  More >

EU immigration boosts Dutch population

The population of the Netherlands grew by an estimated 100,000 last year, with immigration from other European countries accounting for much of the increase, according to new figures from national statistics office CBS. In total, 241,000 people moved to the Netherlands from abroad and 153,000 left. European nationals accounted for over 45,000 of the net increase, with the size of the Polish community expanding by 9,000 to the end of November. Indians accounted for the second largest group of new arrivals, particularly in Amsterdam, Amstelveen and Eindhoven, but the increase - 6,000 - is below that recorded in 2017. Overall, the number of immigrants from Asia fell by nearly 8,000, compared with 2017, due largely to the drop in refugees from Syria. Some 12,000 people moved to the Netherlands from America, a rise of 3,000 on 2017. Cities The population of the Netherlands has now reached 17.3 million people, with more people moving to four big cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague and Utrecht. Amsterdam grew the most, by over 10,000, while The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht grew by between 6,200 and 5,000. The population shrank in 74 of the 380 Dutch local authority areas, mainly in Groningen, Friesland and Limburg. This was largely due to the aging population, the CBS said. The birth rate last year outstripped the death rate by 16,000, continuing the downward trend. In 2010, women had on average 1.8 children but this had fallen to 1.6 million by last year.  More >

The Netherlands scores B in using the euro

The Netherlands is in the 'middle of the class' when it comes to making the most of the euro, which was introduced 20 years ago, according to a report by international news agency Bloomberg. Of the 16 countries tested,  six ended up with As, five got Bs - including the Netherlands - and another handful scored Cs. The 10 economic tests looked at the extent to which eurozone member states were able to benefit from greater stability and economic integration, as well as their capacity to remain competitive and stabilise their economies, Bloomberg said. The tests do not show if a country would have been better off outside the eurozone. Germany topped the list with late joiners Slovakia and Slovenia coming in second and third. The Netherlands scored a B, alongside Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Luxembourg. 'The project to ditch the guilder is not perceived as an all-out success by some,' Amsterdam bureau chief Joost Akkermans said. 'Political opponents point to the bailout of Greece as a prime example that costs for the Netherlands outweigh the benefits of the euro, even as business groups say being part of the shared currency has brought economic growth and prosperity.' Read the report  More >