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Labour market and emigration

This project seeks to throw more light on present-day emigration from the Netherlands and focuses on retirement migration and knowledge migration. How big is the potential group of emigrants, both permanent and temporary, and what are their characteristics and economic activities? How big is the potential group of elderly emigrants, both permanent and temporary? In what way do they differ from Dutch people who wish to spend their old age in the Netherlands? In what way do potential emigrants differ from one another in terms of country or region of destination?

The research uses an existing database developed in 2005, supplemented with new data provided by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) to see whether people actually fulfil their emigration intentions. The 2005 database consists of a representative sample drawn among the Dutch population by NIDI (reference date January 2005) and a similar, but more extensive survey among people with emigration plans. In addition to using the survey data, this project examines which of the respondents actually emigrated in the past two years by linking this information to CBS data at individual level. Additionally, new data will be gathered to shed more light on retirement migration and temporary labour migration. This information will be gathered with the aid of the CentERpanel, which is being conducted by the CentERdata institute of Tilburg University. The CentERpanel has proven to be a flexible and reliable sample framework in earlier NIDI research.


Dalen, H.P. van, K. Henkens & H. Nicolaas (2011),
De stille krachten achter emigratie. Economisch Statistische Berichten 96 (4609): 278-281. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van & K. Henkens (2009),
Invisible barriers in international labour migration: the case of the Netherlands , CentER discussion paper 2009-16. Tilburg: University of Tilburg, 23 p. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van & K. Henkens (2008),
De onzichtbare drempels van de internationale arbeidsmarkt. Economisch Statistische Berichten 93 (4529): 100-103. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van & K. Henkens (2008),
Emigration intentions: mere words or true plans? Explaining international migration intentions and behavior , CentER discussion paper 2008-60. Tilburg: University of Tilburg, 27 p. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van & K. Henkens (2008),
Exit, voice and loyalty in the Netherlands. Vox - Research-Based Policy Analysis and Commentary from Leading Economists , 06-10-2008. [web ]
Dalen, H.P. van & K. Henkens (2008),
Ik vertrek, maar waarom? De emigratie van Nederlanders. Me Judice 1, 30-10-2008. [web ]
Dalen, H.P. van & K. Henkens (2008),
Het Hollands ongenoegen en de emigratie van Nederlanders aan het begin van de 21ste eeuw. Over.Werk, tijdschrift van het Steunpunt Werk en Sociale Economie 18 (1): 128-130. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van & K. Henkens (2008),
Waarom weg uit Nederland? Hedendaagse emigratie verklaard. Mens & Maatschappij 83 (3): 213-238. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van & K. Henkens (2008),
Weg uit Nederland; emigratie aan het begin van de 21e eeuw . NIDI report nr. 75. Amsterdam: KNAW Press. 134 p. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van, K. Henkens & H. Nicolaas (2008),
Emigratie: de spiegel van Hollands ongenoegen. Bevolkingstrends, statistisch kwartaalblad over de demografie van Nederland 56 (1): 32-38. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van, K. Henkens & H. Nicolaas (2008),
Emigratie en de zoektocht naar het goede leven. Demos, bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 24 (2): 1-4. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van, K. Henkens & H. Nicolaas (2008),
Emigration of the Dutch and their search of the 'Good Life'. Demos, bulletin on population and society 24 (Special Issue): 1-3. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van & K. Henkens (2007),
Longing for the good life: understanding emigration from a high-income country. Population and Development Review 33 (1): 17-45. [pdf]

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