Immigration caused an increase in the population of the Netherlands by 191 thousand people

Ukraine (, - The population of the Netherlands increased by about 191 thousand people - to 17.8 million inhabitants - in the first three quarters of 2022. This population growth, which was more than twice as high as in the same period last year, was mainly due to immigration. This was reported on October 27 by the Dutch news portal NLTimes.

By the end of September, about 317,900 immigrants had settled in the Netherlands and about 129,400 people had left the country, according to data from the Dutch statistical office CBS. The population growth in the Netherlands is almost 2.5 times higher than in the same period in 2021.

Nearly a third of the immigrants who increase the temporary population growth were refugees from Ukraine. More than 97,000 people have arrived in the Netherlands from Ukraine since February 24. The statistics noted that, excluding refugees from Ukraine, there were about 102,500 immigrants in the country, which is still 22,000 more than the data recorded for the same period last year.

Some 47,000 immigrants from other European countries have contributed to the population growth in the Netherlands. The number of arrivals from Asia (49 thousand), Africa and North America (14 thousand) was also significant. According to statistics from the Netherlands, the number of immigrants from Asia in the third quarter was higher than in the whole of last year. Although the number of immigrants from Asia has fallen sharply during the years of the coronavirus pandemic, but this year it is growing again.

14% of people living in the Netherlands - almost 2.5 million people - were born abroad and came to the Netherlands as immigrants. Another 11.4% of the population was born in the Netherlands to second-generation immigrants.

Natural population growth - the number of births minus the number of deaths - was low but positive in the Netherlands during the first nine months of the year.

This year, slightly fewer births were born in the Netherlands than in the previous year - a total of 179,441 children. The death rate was relatively high and exceeded the figures recorded in the same period of 2020 and 2021 at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. By September, about 2,500 more children were born in the country than people died, the Dutch news portal added.

Immigration caused an increase in the population of the Netherlands by 191 thousand people