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Netherlands Recorded 25,000 First-Time Asylum Seekers in 2021, Official Data Reveals

The Netherlands’ statistics department, CBS, revealed that nearly 25,000 people applied for international protection in the Netherlands in 2021.

More specifically, 24,740 people first applied for asylum in the country – an increase of 80 percent from 2020 when many restrictions were imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s numbers are the highest since 2015 when 43,000 people applied for international protection at Dutch immigration services, reports.

The Department of National Statistics also revealed that more than 10,000 people have arrived in the country to join their family members who have been granted temporary permits. Moreover, one in three refugees in the Netherlands in 2021 was a Syrian citizen, followed by nationals of Afghanistan, and this was mostly observed in the second half of the year – which corresponds to the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, and the third largest group of migrants are nationals Turks. Nearly two-thirds of family members who arrived to join a close relative with refugee status were from Syria.

However, due to the high volume of new arrivals, the Dutch authorities have struggled to absorb the new arrivals. Refugees are now being placed in gyms, boats and other emergency accommodations. It is estimated that about 35,000 people now live in refugee centers – 11,000 of whom have obtained residence permits but have not been able to find permanent housing.

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According to CBS statistics, there were 250,792 immigrants registered in the Netherlands in 2021 – 15% of them or 39,243 people registered in September. In addition, 12,370 people were registered in the country as immigrants in 2021. In conclusion, the population of the Netherlands grew by 0.6 percent – an additional 115,979 from 1,7475,415 initially recorded in 2021. The highest population growth was recorded again in September, which is That represents 30,257 people.

More specifically, Statista data shows that during the first quarter of 2021, including January, February and March, 2,529 people arrived in the Netherlands from Poland, followed by 2,221 from Syria and 1,282 from Turkey. Compared to 2020, immigration rates increased by 28% for those coming from Poland, 115.6% for Syrians and 23% for those coming from Turkey.

Additionally, data from the same source reveals that immigration rates in the Netherlands have decreased by approximately 18% comparing 2019 and 2020 rates, with the number of immigrants dropping from 269,064 to 220,853. Immigration rates also saw a decrease of more than five percent, dropping from 161,029 to 152,494 – which represents 8,535 fewer residents in the country.

However, the discrepancy is noticeable in the migration balance in 2019/2020 as 108,035 decreased by 36 percent representing 68,359.

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