The Netherlands has always been a country of immigrants. Migrants used to come mainly from Europe, but these days they come here from countries much farther away too. The Dutch population has become more diverse. Whether you accept it or not, the Netherlands is a multicultural society with people from different cultures, skin colours, religions, and different norms and values.
According to the latest population forecast of Statistics Netherlands, the Dutch population will keep increasing until we reach 18 million around 2044, after which the growth rate will strongly decrease. International migration plays an important part in this future population growth.
In this lesson, we will take a look at the effects of migration on Dutch society and gauge your and other people’s opinions about migration.