Division of Social and Spatial Statistics
Statistical Analysis Department
There is much demand for information on migration motives, not only for the purpose of government policies, but also for statistical purposes, such as population forecasting. However, information on the purpose of migration is lacking in many countries. In the Netherlands, migration statistics are based
on information from the municipal population registers, but motives of immigrants are not recorded in these registers. Therefore, additional data on migration motives from the Central Register of non-Dutch nationals of the Ministry of Justice has been used. The data from this Central Register of non-Dutch nationals has, at the individual level, been linked with data from the local population registers.
The combination of data from the two sources offered a better perception of the relation between asylum migration and subsequent family reunion. The size of family reunion migration caused by asylum migrants is still relatively modest. It appears that family reunion often takes place one year after the asylum seeker has been registered in a municipal population register. It is estimated that for
every four asylum migrants one person immigrated for the purpose of family reunion or family formation.
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