The Netherlands now has slightly more inhabitants than the city of Delhi
The population in The Netherlands is growing, reports the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS). The number of residents in the Netherlands increased by 130,000 in 2019, meaning that there are now 17.1 million people living in the country. However, the Northern Netherlands is the only region in the Netherlands where there has been no population growth, reports the Dagblad van het Noorden.
According to this CBS, the population growth in the Netherlands in 2019 was largely due to the arrival of international migrants, a category that includes asylum seekers and their families, also foreign workers and highly skilled migrants.
This enormous category mainly headed to the provinces around Amsterdam and Rotterdam, but also to the provinces of Noord-Brabant (Eindhoven) and Utrecht.
According to researcher Joop de Beer of the University of Groningen (RUG), the city of Groningen attracts the most international migrants in the North, including many overseas students.
Both Drenthe and Friesland seem to be less attractive to younger internationals, they do attract many elderly and retired people from other parts of the Netherlands.
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