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28 February 2019

Labour participation of migrants increases in the Netherlands, social benefits claims drop


Labour participation among the Dutch population has increased over the past decade and a half. This is the case among migrants of both Western and non-Western backgrounds, as well as among individuals with a native Dutch background. In 2017, 65% of migrants with a Western background were employed, while 57% of migrants with a non-Western background were employed. By comparison, the employment rate among native Dutch individuals was 60%.

One consequence of the increasing labour participation rate is that the number of people claiming social or welfare benefits (bijstand) fell by 5% in 2018 (around 24,000 individuals). This was the first time in 10 years that the number of people with a non-Western background claiming welfare benefits decreased.

The decrease can be attributed to the fact that many Syrian nationals have entered the labour market and far fewer refugees from Syria are arriving. Read more

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Laura Coello Eertink
Country Coordinator

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