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Arabs in the Netherlands

Arabs in the Netherlands
العرب في هولندا
Total population
300,000 - 400,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
predominantly Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague)
Moroccans 160,000[2]
Iraqis 55,000[2]
Egyptians 23,000[2]
Syrians 10,261[2]
Tunisians 8,558[2]
Algerians 7,733[2]
Palestinians 6,000[2]
Lebanese 5,187[2]
Kuwaitis 1,524[2]
Jordanians 1,523[2]
Saudis 1,519[2]
Arabic language
Dutch language
Mainly Islam, minority Christianity and Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Arabs, Arab diaspora

Arab Dutch (Arabische Nederlanders), also referred to as Dutch Arabs (Nederlandse Arabieren), are citizens or residents of the Netherlands whose ancestry traces back to the Arab World. It is worth mentioning that many of them might not actually be ethnically Arab but due to the general confusion between the meaning of Arab and other ethnic groups coming from the same area (such as the case of Kurds, Berbers, Turkmen, Assyrians, Roma, etc.); therefore, the exact number of the actual Arab population in the Netherlands may be greatly biased and incorrect.


In 2001, two Arab immigrants to the Netherlands, Egyptian-born Farouk Ibrahim (58) and Moroccan-born Mustafa Aboustib, set up the Arab Democratic Party (Arabische Democratische Partij), complaining that Arabs were not well represented in mainstream political parties except as "pretty Arab faces".[3] In 2007, a group of Arab Dutch have complained about the television network Al Jazeera's effective monopoly on Arabic broadcasting in the country.[4]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Dutch media perceived as much more biased than Arabic media - Media & Citizenship Report conducted by University of Utrecht", Utrecht University, 2010-09-10, retrieved 2010-11-29 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bevolking; generatie, geslacht, leeftijd en herkomstgroepering, 1 januari, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, 2010-01-01, retrieved 2010-06-02 
  3. ^ "We zijn de valse beloftes zat (We are fed up with false promises)", de Volkskrant, 2001-08-11, retrieved 2010-06-02 
  4. ^ "Arabische Nederlanders in actie tegen Al Jazeera (Arab Dutch defy Al Jazeera news coverage)", De Pers, 2007-11-22, retrieved 2010-06-02 

External links

  • T-shirt project in the Netherlands to create understanding between the Arab Dutch and non-Arab Dutch
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