Majority of EU immigrants in the Netherlands find work

Sixty percent of all people from EU countries that settled in the Netherlands during the past seven years were employed by 2013.

For people immigrating to the Netherlands from Central and Eastern Europe, that figure is 75 percent, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

At the end of 2014, only 3 percent of all Dutch unemployment benefits went to non-Dutch EU citizens in the Netherlands.

Almost 50 percent more EU immigrants

By the end of 2014, the Netherlands had 1,5 times as many immigrants from EU countries as in 2007.

During that seven-year-period, most people came from Poland, Germany, Belgium and the UK. These demographics have remained constant since 2010, according to the CBS.

630.000+ EU immigrants in the Netherlands

In 2007, a total of 435.000 immigrants from the 27 EU countries resided in the Netherlands.

By 2014, that number had increased by 47 percent to almost 639.000. Since 2012, the annual increase is about 5,5 percent.

Out of the immigrants that were not employed, 23 percent were enrolled as students, about 19 percent had an employed partner and slightly more than 13 percent received unemployment benefits.

The remainder consists of people with a partner who received unemployment benefits.

The top 4 nationalities of EU immigrants to the Netherlands (Source: CBS) Top 4 nationalities that emigrated to the Netherlands since 2010 (CBS)

3 percent of all unemployment benefits

Between 2012 and 2014, the number of EU immigrants who received unemployment benefits from the Dutch government increased by 26 percent from 42.000 to almost 53.000.

EU immigrants received slightly more than 3 percent of the total amount of unemployment benefits being paid out in the Netherlands.

Three-quarters of the new arrivals are registered with a municipality. Seasonal migrant workers, for example, are not required by law to register.

Thomas Lundberg


Thomas Lundberg

Born as a Swede in the Netherlands, this life-long expat has spent his time in Belgium, the United States and Amsterdam. He began his professional career as a regional news...

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