Demographic Profile of Syrians in the Netherlands

  • Marcel Lubbers
  • Helga de ValkEmail author
Part of the European Studies of Population book series (ESPO, volume 20)


In this demographic profile of Syrians in the Netherlands we provide an overview of their recent migration history and migrant characteristics. It is evidenced that the pre-2014 population of Syrian origin was relatively small and increased mainly due to an expanding second generation (children born in the Netherlands). After 2014, the settlement of almost 28,000 Syrian refugees in 2016 contributed most to the increase in the size of this population of migrant origin. Like in many other origin groups, we show for Syrians that men often arrived first, after which family reunification took place resulting in a young population structure. A year after arrival, most Syrians no longer live in reception centres but independently, with no concentration in urban areas. Integration into the labour force is shown to be a slow process; 30 months after being granted a residence permit a minority has a paid job.


Syrians The Netherlands Refugees Asylum Demography 



We thank NIDI intern Lynde Lim for the inventory and collection of statistical information on Syrians in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we are grateful to Daniel van Wijk for providing the map presenting the regional distribution of Syrians in the Netherlands.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Netherlands Interdisciplinary demographic InstituteThe HagueThe Netherlands

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