The Dutch population grew by 46 thousand people in the first half of this year, mainly due to immigration, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. The number of British people moving to the Netherlands more than doubled compared to the same period last year. This likely has to do with the United Kingdom's imminent departure from the European Union.
Immigration and an increase in the number of babies born in 2016 pushed the Dutch population over the 17.1 million mark. The four big cities in the Netherlands saw most of the growth, while about 1 in 5 municipalities actually saw their populations shrink, Statistics Netherlands announced on Tuesday.
Amsterdam saw the biggest growth in 2016 with an increase of over 15 thousand residents to a total of almost 850 thousand inhabitants on December 1st, 2016. Rotterdam's population grew with 8 thousand and The Hague and Utrecht with 4 thousand each.
The Dutch population grew by 43 thousand people in the first half of this year, most of which can be attributed to immigration. This is the biggest population growth during the first half of the year since the start of this century, Statistic Netherlands announced on Monday.
Statistics Netherlands estimates that the Netherlands' population will reach 17 million on March 21st. Who exactly the 17 millionth resident of the country will be is nearly impossible to say, but according to the statistics office, it is more likely to be an immigrant than a baby.
Fewer people died in this milder than usual winter, according to Statistics Netherlands. Between the first week of December 2015 and the second week of February 2016, a total of 32.5 thousand people died in the Netherlands. That is 2.5 thousand fewer deaths than in the same period 2015/2015.
The Netherlands' population grew by about 79 thousand people to a total of 16.9 million inhabitants last year. The growth is largely due to immigration - many refugees and migrant workers made the Netherlands their home in 2015, according to Statistics Netherlands. Statistics Netherlands expects that immigration will increase further this year, pushing the population over the 17 million border.
A total of 70 thousand asylum seekers are expected in the Netherlands next year, according to Statistics Netherlands. That is 29 percent of the total number of immigrants expected to be added to the Dutch population.
The Dutch population grew less strongly in the first half of this year than in the same period last year. The population grew by a total of 22 thousand people in the first half of 2015. This is mostly due to more deaths, fewer births and relatively high immigration.
The second suspect in the investigation of the January 15 Rotterdam shooting has been taken into custody, revealed the police on Tuesday.
The municipality of Haaksbergen has clarified the number of victims still in hospital after the monster truck crash of last weekend, by issuing a 'state of affairs' on the municipality website, De Volkskrant reports.
State Secretary of Security and Justice Fred Teeven has asked Healthcare Inspection (IGZ) to launch an investigation into involuntary psychiatric treatment (TBS) facility De Rooyse Wissel in Venray. This comes after the clinic experienced three deaths in one week, a spokesperson for the Ministry announces.