Dispersal policies in the Netherlands

Martijn Arnoldus, Thea Dukes and Sako Musterd

in Spreading the 'burden'?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344175
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303596 | DOI:
Dispersal policies in the Netherlands

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This chapter explains in detail the different policies that are used by the Dutch government to spatially concentrate or disperse ethnic minorities. It pays particular attention to those policies that were — and are — aimed at asylum seekers and refugees. The first section presents rough sketches of the national context within which dispersal policies need to be analysed and of the immigration trends and developments in the Netherlands. It describes the developments in Dutch minority policy and migration, and introduces the previous main dispersal and concentration policies of the Netherlands. An evaluation of these programmes is also included.

Keywords: Netherlands; ethnic minorities; dispersal policies; immigration trends; minority policy; migration; concentration policies

Chapter.  16772 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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