Surinamese people in the Netherlands

Surinamese people in the Netherlands are people in the Netherlands who come from a Surinamese background. From 1667 to 1975, Suriname belonged to the Netherlands.

Surinamese people in the Netherlands
Total population
350,000 (2013)
Dutch, Sranan Tongo, Sarnami Hindustani, Javanese, Ndyuka-Aukan, Saramaccan, Kwinti, Akurio, Arawak-Lokono, Carib-Kari'nja, Sikiana-Kashuyana, Tiro-Tiriyó, Waiwai, Warao, Wayana, Chinese, English, Portuguese, Spanish, French
Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Winti, Kejawèn, Indigenous Amerindian religion, Judaism, Buddhism, Chinese folk religion (incl. Taoism and Confucianism), Bahá'í

Migration began during the colonial era. Initially this was mainly the colonial elite but expanded during the 1920s and 1930s to the less fortunate inhabitants looking for better education, employment or other opportunities.[1]

Approximately 350,000 individuals of Surinamese descent now live in the Netherlands, with mass migration beginning in the years leading up to Suriname's independence in 1975, and continuing in the period immediately after independence and during military rule in the 1980s. Surinamese continued to migrate to the Netherlands throughout the 1990s because of the then tough economic situation in Suriname. Most Surinamese people in the Netherlands have a Dutch passport and the majority of whom have been successfully integrated into Dutch society.

Six percent of Dutch people of Chinese descent can trace their ancestry through Suriname. Most of them of Hakka descent.

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  1. ^ Gert Oostindie en Emy Maduro, In het land van de overheerser - II - Antillianen en Surinamers in Nederland 1634/1667-1954 (KITLV; Leiden 1986)