7 February 2013
The latest figures from the Netherlands Central Statistic Bureau reveal that the number of new immigrants arriving in the country in 2012 was 156,000, only 7,000 more than the number of people emigrating from the country. It is the first time the number of immigrants has dropped since 2006. More people emigrated from Netherlands to Turkey, Morocco, Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean Islands than immigrated to the Netherlands from these countries. Fewer asylum seekers from Asia and Africa immigrated to the country than in previous years.