Migrants, a diverse group - Migrants
Migrants, a diverse group
An estimated 2 million non-western and 1.5 million Western migrants live in the Netherlands. For this purpose we count all people who were not born in the Netherlands or at least one parent was not born in the Netherlands. This involves about 380,000 people from Morocco, 400,000 from Turkey, 350,000 from Surinam and 150,000 from the Netherlands Antilles. Some of the migrants are low literate, especially from the first and second generation of non-Western migrants.
Migration is of all times. People move to another area through war, persecution because of faith or political opinions, or out of poverty. In the sixties to the eighties of the last century Dutch companies mainly brought (low-skilled) labor migrants from Spain, Morocco and Turkey to the Netherlands. After that, others were followed, in the context of family reunification or to find a job in the Netherlands.
Incidentally, not everyone who comes to the Netherlands to work and build a life should stay in the Netherlands. This is only possible with a work and residence permit. There are strict rules for this. People from another EU country may stay in the Netherlands: there is free movement of people and goods. But people from outside the EU can not just stay in the Netherlands.