The number of homeless 18- to 65-year-olds in the Netherlands more than doubled from 17,800 in 2009 to 39,300 last year. The number of homeless people between the ages of 18 and 30 years tripled duirng this period, as has the number of homeless people with a non-Western migration background, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
Of the 700 aspiring police officers who signed up at the Police Academy this year, 25 percent have a non-Western background - double compared to 2015, Peter Slort, head of diversity at the National Police, told the Volkskrant. The new figures match the police's goal to become more ethnically diverse. Currently only 7 percent of Dutch police officers have an immigration background, according to the newspaper.
The number of people in the Netherlands receiving welfare benefits continues to rise, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. Between June 2016 and June 2017, this group increased by 12 thousand people to a total of 472 thousand welfare recipients. The increase is smaller than in previous years, the stats office added.
The unemployment rate among people with a non-Western background in the Netherlands decreased in 2016, according to Statistics Netherlands. Last year unemployment in this group was 13.2 percent, compared to 16.5 percent in 2014.
Statistics Netherlands also noted that unemployment is higher among the second generation of non-Western immigrants than the first generation. The unemployment rate for second generation immigrants, who were born in the Netherlands, was 14.3 percent last year, compared to 12.5 percent for first generation immigrants.
Studying in Amsterdam seems to be becoming increasingly only for the "white elite", according to student union ASVA and Amsterdam United. Especially young people with financially less well-off parents and young people with a non-Western background have a hard time getting into higher education in the Dutch capital, Metro Nieuws reports.
"Education is increasingly only for the white elite. Action must be taken now", Henriette Hoogervorst, chairman of ASVA, said to the newspaper.
The number of young homeless people in the Netherlands increased significantly this year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Friday. In 2016 an estimated 12,400 people between 18 and 30 years were homeless, compared to 8,300 in 2015.
The total number of homeless people in the Netherlands remained stable at an estimated 31 thousand in 2016. Between 2009 and 2015 the number increased significantly from 17,500 to 31 thousand.
Children of non-Western immigrants are performing better in school and more often make it through college or university. But this progress is not yet reflected in an improvement in their position on the labor market, according to a report social and cultural planning office SCP published on Thursday.
Highly-skilled Dutch people are quicker to find work in the Netherlands than migrants with a non-western ethnicity with the same level of education, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands.
The number of homeless people in the Netherlands increased by 13 thousand to 31 thousand people over the past six years. That is an increase of 74 percent between 2009 and 2015, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Thursday.
Amsterdam is leading the way for the decreasing unemployment in the Netherlands' four largest cities, though Utrecht has the lowest unemployment rate, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Tuesday. All four cities saw a drop in unemployment last year.
The GroenLinks faction in Groningen wants to run an experiment in which people applying for a job at the Groningen municipality can do so anonymously. The party believes this will increase non-Western minorities' chances of being employed