Edition 2022

Foto omschrijving: A crowded bench in a pedestrian shopping street of The Hague.

Where were people in the Netherlands born?

Of the 17.6 million people who lived in the Netherlands on 1 January 2022, 86 percent were born in the Netherlands. As such, 2.6 million people were born in another country, over a third of them in a European country.

TurkijeTurkey205 000SurinameSuriname178 000DuitslandGermany124 000SyriëSyria108 000IndonesiëIndonesia106 000ChinaChina66 000BelgiëBelgium65 000MarokkoMorocco173 000PolenPoland173 000VKUK61 000Waar zijn inwoners van Nederland geboren?Where were people in the Netherlands born?
NederlandNetherlands15 040 000OverigOther 1 291 000

Most foreign-born residents were born in Turkey (205 thousand), Suriname (178 thousand), Morocco and Poland (both 173 thousand people). The Netherlands has a longer migration history with the first three countries, as it does with Indonesia, where 106 thousand residents were born. The top ten countries of birth of foreign-born residents include four European countries: Poland, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. Also, a relatively high number of residents were born in Syria, China and India.

Two million residents born in the Netherlands are children of migrants

Of the 15.0 million residents born in the Netherlands, over 2.0 percent have one or two foreign-born parents. Just over half (1.1 million) of them have one foreign-born and one Netherlands-born parent, just under half (890 thousand) have two foreign-born parents.

Migrants and children of migrants, 1 January 2022 (x 1,000)
Herkomst Europe (excl. the Netherlands) Indonesia Morocco Dutch Caribbean Suriname Turkey Other Africa Other Americas and Oceania Other Asia
Born abroad 875 106 173 103 178 205 210 171 529
Born in the Netherlands,
1 or 2 parents born abroad
602 258 246 82 184 226 132 98 200

Among the 890 thousand residents born in the Netherlands with two foreign-born parents, by far the largest group comes from outside Europe. One-fifth (189 thousand) are of Moroccan origin, and a slightly lower number (165 thousand) are of Turkish origin.

Of the 1.1 million residents born in the Netherlands with one foreign-born parent, 43 percent of these parents were born in another European country. The majority have a father or mother from Germany (223 thousand), followed by Belgium (72 thousand). The number of people with a father or mother born in Poland (48 thousand) now exceeds the number of those with a parent from the United Kingdom (41 thousand). Among residents with a parent born outside Europe, the largest group of 190 thousand has a father or mother born in Indonesia.

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