People Group Info
Total Population: 511,000ROP3 Code: 102787
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Germanic
Language: Dutch - (nld)
Country of Origin: Netherlands
The Dutch diaspora people, sometimes referred to as Netherlanders, consist of people who originated from the Netherlands. As such, they are immigrants from the Netherlands.
Emigration from the Netherlands has been happening for at least the last eight centuries. In the last decade, short-range cross-border migration has developed along the Netherlands borders with Belgium and Germany. The main motive is the lower price of housing, especially single-family houses, in these countries: the buyers commute to work in the Netherlands, and the children may attend school there. Nevertheless, for official purposes they are counted as emigrants from the Netherlands, and as immigrants in Germany and Belgium.
Even though early Dutch migrations brought Protestants of the Reformed tradition, more recent Dutch migrations are bringing people who claim to be irreligious or Roman Catholic. They are predominantly non-religious.