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Netherlands Immigration by Country

What are the most common countries of birth for Dutch residents who were not born in Netherlands?
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: March 28, 2021
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First submittedJuly 13, 2019
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# People
Country of Origin
416.864
Turkey
408.864
Morocco
356.402
Suriname
356.029
Indonesia
349.284
Germany
198.024
Poland
121.019
Belgium
# People
Country of Origin
105.440
Syria
94.915
United Kingdom
85.128
former Yugoslavia
81.534
China
71.331
former Soviet Union
64.653
Iraq
60.013
Italy
# People
Country of Origin
56.462
India
50.403
Afghanistan
49.116
Spain
48.926
France
47.797
Iran
46.807
United States
40.251
Somalia
30 Comments
+30
Level ∞
May 10, 2021
@Aaron197 has asked me to delete political comments from this quiz, and I've done so. I'm not opposed to debating the merits of immigration, but I did find most of the comments on both sides of the argument to be low effort and not worth preserving. Don't post about politics on this quiz. In general, don't post about politics on JetPunk at all unless you are willing to put the time into making a nuanced and well-reasoned argument that, at a minimum, uses correct grammar and punctuation.
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Level 38
Feb 13, 2021
Nice quiz my friend!
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Level 87
Mar 28, 2021
Only guessed Somalia because of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Amazed that there are almost a million Moroccans and Turks in such a small area country.
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Level 76
Mar 31, 2021
And most, if not nearly all of them, inside the triangle of Amsterdam-Rotterdam/Hague-Utrecht.
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Level 63
Jul 24, 2021
@WillemLAif That's patently untrue. There are definitely regions in the far north and south where not many people of Turkish or Moroccan descent live, but the east-west split is honestly not as large as you might think.
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Level 75
Dec 8, 2022
Adding figures up for all provinces in the North, East and South of the Netherlands, the total population is around 9.2 million of which there are 1.7 million immigrants (including 162k Turks and 109k Moroccans). In other words 26% Turks and Moroccans lives out side of the Western part of the Netherlands vs. 52% of the total population. A very different ratio, but to say "nearly all" in an even smaller area, is simply not true. Thanks to Statline/CBS for the statistics.

https://opendata.cbs.nl/statline/#/CBS/nl/dataset/84910NED/table?ts=1670511575890

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Level 67
Mar 28, 2021
There are 581K people in Suriname while 356K migrated to the Netherlands!
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Level ∞
Mar 28, 2021
There's a similar ratio of Guyanese people living in the United States.
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Level 75
Mar 29, 2021
There has been a short period of time when there were more Surinam people in the Netherlands, than there were in Suriname!
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Level 84
Apr 7, 2021
I assumed Suriname would be on the list, but not near the top. Are there any people left in Suriname?
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Level 70
May 10, 2021
They left Bob for maintenance.
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Level 65
Apr 28, 2021
Using a dot rather than comma to separate the numbers is a nice Dutch twist on this one!
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Level 67
Jan 23, 2024
I was thinking the values were low... and that it was odd to have fractions of people to 3 decimal places.
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Level 71
May 9, 2021
Surprising that there are more immigrants from tiny Suriname than ginormous Indonesia.
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Level 61
Mar 3, 2022
One of the reasons is the linguistic barrier that is higher for Indonesians. In Suriname Dutch is still an important language in daily life. In Indonesia it's left a large imprint on the Indonesian language but except for historians going through colonial documents, it's not a language people use in daily life anymore.
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Level 53
May 11, 2021
Epic quiz
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Level 59
May 19, 2021
When Suriname became independent, people in Suriname were thinking they could not migrate to the Netherlands in the future, resulting in a migration boom in the years around the independence.
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Level 56
Apr 5, 2022
somehow I got all but Suriname
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Level 19
Jul 4, 2022
Whats with suriname and the netherlands? Is this some sort of connection or what im confused
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Level 52
Nov 12, 2022
Suriname used to be a Dutch colony, and Dutch is still an important language in Suriname. So, the language barrier does not exist.
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Level 35
Dec 7, 2023
Suriname was a colony until 1975. And shortly before until shortly after that ended, there was a mass exodus to the Netherlands
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
Suriname was a Colony of the Netherlands until 1975, after That year Many people There felt more Dutch so they traveled back to the netherlands
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Level 55
Aug 17, 2022
Yeah, if Suriname reclaimed some of those who migrated to Netherlands, they could field a reasonably competitive football side for COMEMBOL qualifiers. Probably better than Venezuela, possibly better than Bolivia.
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Level 44
Jun 18, 2023
They are in CONCACAF not in CONMEBOL
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Level 52
Mar 16, 2023
I almost tried Ukraine - until I realized this quiz was last updated in March 2021.
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Level 69
Nov 6, 2023
It's included in "former Soviet republics" :)
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Level 83
Oct 19, 2023
Surprised not to see South Africa on this list. I must misunderstand the modern relationship between these two countries.
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Level 53
Dec 17, 2023
South Africa simply hasn't been a Dutch colony for hundreds of years, unlike Indonesia or Suriname, because the UK took it over.
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Level 69
Nov 6, 2023
Very surprised about no South Africans or Namibians...

BUT HOW IS MOROCCO #1 AND ALGERIA DOESN'T EVEN MAKE THE TOP 20???

Super confusing.

Are they all in France instead?

But there are many Moroccans aswell?

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Level 47
Mar 23, 2024
I'm surprised only 61% got Morocco