Immigration in Amsterdam: a Brief History

Updated on Friday 16th December 2016

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Amsterdam is known for its canals, quality of live and open attitude towards foreigners. The city has character and charm and it is the first choice for many who want to immigrate to Netherlands to work, study or live. 

Welcome to Amsterdam

Today Amsterdam is home to people from about 180 different countries and it is one of the top cities in the world that can pride itself with such cultural diversity. Many Dutch residents have a foreign nationality and almost just have many have double nationality. The British, the Germans, the Italians, the Turks or the Moroccans came in significant numbers to the charming Dutch city. 

The evolution of the EU, particularly after 2004 was a stepping stone for Netherlands immigration. The influx of immigrants received then was followed by another one in 2008 during the financial crisis.

The reasons why people choose to immigrate to Netherlands nowadays resemble those in the Golden Age when the Netherlands first became one of the most important countries in the world. during that time Amsterdam saw an almost explosive increase in its population and popularity for that matter. The Dutch city also had a historic importance to immigrants who were escaping war or poverty. In a sense, Amsterdam was a safe haven during the seventeenth century. 

Moving to the Netherlands

The decision to move to the Netherlands is most often linked to the desire to seek better opportunities. Amsterdam, much like Rotterdam and other Dutch cities, has many opportunities for investment and for securing a well-paid job. Highly skilled migrants are well-received in the country and employers are encouraged to hire them through a special investment scheme. 

Individuals who want to work in Amsterdam will need a work permit. Registration with the municipal authorities is mandatory and individuals may apply for a residence permit according to their purpose of stay in the country.

If you decide to take this step, one of our consultants can help you the same way a Dutch immigration lawyer is able to give you complete information on the requirements for moving to Amsterdam.  


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