Migration policy

Migration has a major impact on Dutch society, both now and in the longer term. The government has opted for a wide-ranging, comprehensive approach.

Consequences of migration in the Netherlands

Many people clearly remember the increased flow of asylum seekers in late 2015 and 2016. This made people worried, for instance about asylum seekers’ centres being set up in their towns and villages. But migration also offers opportunities. Highly skilled migrants and foreign businesses can for example contribute to the Dutch economy. The comprehensive approach means weighing up the challenges against the opportunities that migration brings.

Comprehensive approach to migration

The aim of the comprehensive approach is to ensure migration is safe and well-managed. Those who truly need protection must be protected. Migration movements must be in line with the needs and capacity of Dutch society. Central government, municipalities, provinces, civil society partners and countries within and outside the European Union (EU) will work together even more closely.

The comprehensive approach to migration is based on six pillars:

  1. Preventing irregular migration.
  2. Improving reception and protection for refugees and displaced persons in the region.
  3. Achieving a robust asylum system, based on solidarity, in the EU and the Netherlands.
  4. Combating illegal residence and stepping up returns.
  5. Promoting legal migration routes.
  6. Encouraging integration and participation.
Infographic migration

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