Rotterdam Population to be 45 Percent “Non-Western” in 2030

October 19 2012

Some 45% of Rotterdam’s population will be non-western by 2030, according to estimates provided by the local Centre for Research and Statistics (COS) this week. This research sent to the city council estimates that the number of non-western people in the city (of Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese and Antillean heritage) will grown from nearly 227,000 this year to over 297,000 in 2030. The expansion will not result from increased immigration to the Netherlands but from birthrates among the city’s existing population.

The research is part of the COS population predictions for the city in the coming years from 2013-2030, and also predicts future birth and death rates, domestic and international migration, and fluctuations in life expectancy.