18% of Immigrant Men Plan to Leave Netherlands

Trouw reports on a survey released by the national statistics bureau (CBS). According to the survey 18% of immigrant men have plans to live abroad temporarily or for good, compared to 7% among ethnic Dutch men. The number of women with plans for emigration is significantly lower but is twice as high among immigrants than among ethnic Dutch. In the past months the number of people with emigration plans decreased as some families are deciding not to emigrate due to the economic crisis.

Decline in Mosque and Church Attendance in the Netherlands

Mosque and church attendance in the Netherlands has dropped over the past ten years, according to a publication from the Central Statistics Bureau (CBS) outlining religion at the beginning of the 21st century. Last year 29% of the Netherlands’ 825,000 Muslims attended mosque at least once a month, a decline from 35% in 2004-2008 and 47% in 1998-1999. The study found analogous pattern in attendance at other religious institutions, noting that attendance at Catholic churches has also declined. Mosque and church attendance differed in terms of age demographics, as 40% of those attending mosques are under the age of 18.

Researchers attribute the decrease in mosque and church attendance to a “general shift towards individualization” in religious practice. However Emin Ates of the Turkish Islamic Cultural Federation has not noticed a decline in mosque attendance and reports that imams cannot complain about a lack of listeners: “For us it’s just not a matter for discussion.”

Netherlands has less Muslims than previously thought

Muslims make up five percent of the Dutch population, less than previously thought, official figures showed Wednesday. The new figures show the Netherlands has some 850,000 Muslims. Earlier figures had put the number at 5.8 percent of the population in 2004. The largest group of Muslims are people of Turkish descent, who make up 38 percent of Dutch Muslims, and Moroccans who constitute 31 percent, the central statistics bureau said.