In the first half of 2021, a few thousand more children were born in the Netherlands than in the same period last year. In total, 86.2 thousand children were born, 4.5 thousand more than at the beginning of 2020. There was a baby boom in February, March and April, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. The institute cannot yet say whether there is a ‘corona baby boom’, although the high birth rate is linked to the global pandemic in several European countries.
According to CBS, another possible explanation is that people in their twenties have postponed their desire to have children in recent years. It was expected that “at some point” this would be overtaken. This would be related to the moment when the first shock around the corona pandemic had passed: “the financial consequences seemed to be not too bad and it became clear that governments would take the worst blows,” according to one of the researchers. “This may have accelerated the process of ‘catching up’ among younger generations.” Other countries, such as Germany, are also experiencing a higher number of births since March.
On balance, the Dutch population grew by 31,700 inhabitants, despite the still relatively high excess mortality. 83,300 people have died in recent months. Although that is 2,400 less than in the same period last year, it is still 6,600 more than in the first half of 2019. The largest growth can be explained by a higher migration balance. The number of people who emigrated fell sharply compared to a year earlier, especially in the first quarter of 2021. The number of immigrants remained virtually the same compared to 2020. In the first half of 2020 it was still 90.7 thousand, there In recent months, more than 93,000 migrants registered with a Dutch municipality.
Compared to 2020, fewer people from the EU moved to the Netherlands of the group of immigrants, while the number of immigrants from outside the EU increased. In the first half of 2021, almost 92.8 thousand immigrants registered with a Dutch municipality.