Internationals flock to the Netherlands, making Dutch population jump

The Dutch population has skyrocketed by 120,000 over just six months, and those Dutchies say the cause is immigration — wait a minute, that’s us!

That’s right, internationals in the Netherlands: about 195,000 people have arrived in the Netherlands so far this year, reports the Central Bureau for Statistics. That’s almost twice the amount that arrived in the same period last year!

The majority of new internationals came from countries outside the European Union, in particular, Ukraine.

At the same time, people also left: approximately 72,000 de-registered and headed off to greener (and probably sunnier) pastures.

The Dutch population now stands at 17.7 million inhabitants, which means the below song will soon have an expiry date (give it a listen, it’s a take on an old Dutch classic!).

Have you made the move to the Netherlands recently? Welcome! Tell us how you like it in the comments below.

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Samantha Dixon 🇦🇺
Samantha Dixon 🇦🇺
Sam has over six years experience writing about life in the Netherlands and leads the content team at DutchReview. She originally came to the Netherlands to study in 2016 and now holds a BA (Hons.) in Arts, a BA (Hons) in Journalism, and (almost) a Masters in Teaching. She loves to write about settling into life in the Netherlands, her city of Utrecht, learning Dutch, and jobs in the Netherlands — and she still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike (she's learning!).


  1. I am back to NL to study my PhD, I did my master here and it was of good quality, no only studies but life too. I am back to study again and it is really nice, besides the hard study time every day :). Anyway enjoying and learning a lot.


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