New migrants

Since the European Union has expanded to include Central and Eastern European nations, growing numbers of their citizens have arrived in the Netherlands. Risbo is currently conducting extensive research into the nature and extent of these new groups. We previously also conducted a number of large-scale researches into these target groups.

Examples of this are:
  • ‘Monitor Social Inclusion Roma’. In this study, carried out for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, the residential and living conditions of Roma and Sinti people living in the Netherlands were investigated.
  • ‘Children with an EU background’. Commissioned by the municipality of Rotterdam, we carried out a research into unregistered children of EU migrants, and children suspected of residing in Rotterdam without any legal guardians.
  • ‘Labour migrants from Central and Eastern Europe: A profile sketch of recent labour migrants from the CEE countries’. This study, commissioned by the former Ministry of Housing, Regional Development and the Environment (VROM in Dutch), considered the extent, background characteristics, migrant history, educational level, employment situation, financial situation and accommodation situation of recent labour migrants.
  • ‘Eastern Europeans in the Netherlands’ is an exploration of the social position of migrants from Eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia, commissioned by the former Ministry of Housing, Regional Development and the Environment (VROM) and the Directie Justitieel Jeugdbeleid (DJJ).
  • We previously also conducted a number of studies for the municipality of Rotterdam on the new migrant groups from Central and Eastern Europe. In the exploratory study, ‘Eastern Europeans in Rotterdam’, the (social) position of Eastern Europeans in Rotterdam was documented. We recently completed an exploratory study into self-organisations among Central and Eastern Europeans in Rotterdam. Here on the one hand we considered the need among the various groups for self-organisations, and where these organisations could focus, while on the other we looked at how we could encourage the groups to organise themselves, what support is needed for this, and the do’s and don’ts when setting up a self-organisation.
In various of these studies we carried out fieldwork among the new migrant groups themselves. We conducted large-scale structured questionnaires among the target group, as well as conducting (in-depth) interviews with people from the target groups or experts. In most of the studies secondary sources were also consulted, such as literature, existing data files and registers, for example to estimate the extent of specific groups of migrants.

We use a number of research methods for these studies. We often use information from existing records, but we regularly also conduct fieldwork ourselves among the migrant groups. This may consist of structured questionnaires, but also (in-depth) interviews with people from the target groups or experts.


Jan de Boom
+31 10 408 2165
Tel +31 10 408 21 24
Fax +31 10 408 11 41
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

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