Summary - Starting over

Backgroud to differences in the position of Syrian permit holders in Dutch society

Summary - Starting over
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Emily Miltenburg Jaco Dagevos Willem Huijnk
Publication date
16 May 2019
Number of pages
978 90 377 0910 0

Original title: Opnieuw beginnen

This report provides more insight into the early integration of Syrians in the Netherlands. It focuses on six topics: family reunification and moving behaviour in the Netherlands, intentions to stay in the Netherlands, mental health, use of care, diversity in participation and sociocultural position. We attempt to shed light on the factors which can explain differences within the Syrian group and which characterise permit holders who have been in the Netherlands for only a short time: their lives before migration, their experiences during the flight from Syria, their time spent in a reception centre and the period thereafter.

This report forms part of the Longitudinal Cohort Study of Asylum-seekers and Asylum Permit holders which is being carried out at the request of four Dutch ministries (Social Affairs and Employment; Justice and Security; Education, Culture and Science; and Health, Welfare and Sport). It is a collaboration between researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS). We draw on survey research from 2017 (complemented by administrative register data from Statistics Netherlands) on the cohort of Syrians who received residency status between 1 January 2014 and 1 July 2016. We will continue to monitor progress in the integration of asylum permit holders over the coming years using new surveys, register data and qualitative research.

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