In the post-war period, Dutch immigration was characterized by inflows from former colonies in Asia and Latin America, and by labour recruitment, mainly ftrom Turkey and Morocco. In the mid-1980s, the Netherlands adopted relatively open and inclusive integration policies, but recently, political parties have been able to win votes by pointing to dissatisfying results. This has also had consequences for policies regarding irregular migrants, which now emphasize deterrence, exclusion and removal. 

Short Information

CLANDESTINO Policy Brief (july 2009)



Background information

Capital: Amsterdam
Total population (2007): 16 357 992
Foreign nationals (2007): 681 932
Foreign nationals as % of total: 4.1%
EU founding member: 1957