Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 51.66% of the population was born outside of the country
or has at least one parent born abroad. Amsterdam is proud of its cultural and ethnical
diversity and actively works to attract international students and high-skilled migrants.
Like many European cities, Amsterdam experienced a peak in refugees and asylum seekers
arrivals in 2015 and in response has implemented a holistic integration model, which
starts at the moment migrants arrive and supports them for their first three years.
Migrants are not considered as a minority group with different needs, but rather as
one group among others with specific characteristics (such as women, the elderly,
the disabled, LGBT) whose outcomes are monitored to identify potential structural
gaps in their access to opportunities and services. This work compiles data and qualitative
evidence on how local actions for integration, across a number of sectors, are being
designed and implemented by the City of Amsterdam and its partners within a multi-level