Monday , February 26 2024

Antillians still top Dutch crime charts

The Daily Herald reports today that persons of Dutch Caribbean descent, commonly referred to as Antilleans, still lead the crime charts in the Netherlands. Persons of the first generation of this ethnic group are more often a suspect of a crime than persons of the second generation born in the Netherlands.

The figures and conclusions in the 2014 Annual Integration Report of the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) of the Netherlands (in Dutch) released on Wednesday, did not show big changes in the Antillean community when it came to education, crime, income and employment.

The crime rate among Dutch Caribbean persons, the majority originating from Curaçao, may have steadily decreased over the past seven years, but persons of this ethnic group still head crime charts depicting the share of suspects.

In second place committing crimes were persons of Moroccan descent, followed by Surinamese.

In 2013, close to one in every 11 Antillean men was a suspect of a crime. The majority of these men were first generation, meaning that they were born in the Dutch Caribbean; second generation Antilleans are less often a suspect of a crime.

The number of Antillean suspects does not show a sharp decrease after the age of 25 as it does in other ethnic groups. The fact that Antilleans remain generally more active in criminal activities at an older age is not new as this has been the case for many years.

Some 147,000 persons of Dutch Caribbean descent were registered in the Netherlands in 2013, which is 0.9 per cent of the total population. The number of persons migrating from the islands
to the Netherlands in 2013 more or less equalled the number of persons of this ethnic group returning to their island. The growth of the Antillean community is mostly due to the birth of
second generation Antilleans in the Netherlands. The second generation is relatively young with an average age of 20.

Of the four largest groups of non-Western foreigners in the Netherlands hailing from the Dutch Caribbean, Suriname, Morocco and Turkey, the average income of Antilleans ranks number two
in the statistics. Persons of Surinamese descent have the highest income of the four non-Western groups; still, they made less than Dutch native persons.

Dutch Caribbean and Surinamese people are more often employed than those from Morocco and Turkey.

Antillean women between the age of 25 and 45 have a high employment rate, especially those who were born in the Netherlands. This group has almost the same employment rate as Antillean and
Surinamese men and native Dutch women.

On the other hand, the number of unemployed persons of Dutch Caribbean and Surinamese descent increased in the last few years, mainly due to the economic crisis. As a result, this group
more often had unemployment allowance than native Dutch persons and other non-Western foreigners, but they less often had social security than persons of Turkish and Moroccan origin.

Students of Dutch Caribbean and Surinamese descent are more often attending HAVO and VWO level in secondary education than those originating from Turkey and Morocco, but not as often as Dutch native persons.

First generation Antilleans more often attend the lower VMBO level.

Dutch Caribbean and Surinamese students are doing well in tertiary education: they are starting a higher vocational HBO study as often as their Dutch native peers and are more often attending university than Turkish and Moroccan students.

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