More than half of the Syrians in the Netherlands with a residence permit want to stay in the Netherlands. According to research by the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP), among 3200 Syrian status holders.
The number of Syrians in the Netherlands has grown considerably since the large refugee flow started several years ago, to more than 90,000. Of them, 55 percent said they would still like to live in the Netherlands in five years, even if the situation in their home country allows them to return.
Especially progressive (61 percent) and less religious (67 percent) Syrians see their future in the Netherlands. Syrians who do attach great importance to religion, want to stay less often (49 percent). "Whether one is a Muslim or a Christian makes no difference here," the researchers write.
Syrians with children living at home want to stay less often
A striking detail: Syrians with children living at home want to stay in the Netherlands less often. SCP does not have an explanation for this.
Syrian status holders have family members come over more often, 40 percent compared to 18 percent for people from other countries. Family reunification also occurs earlier: on average after eight months, compared to eleven months with status holders from, for example, Somalia and Iraq.