No time to lose

Migration and integration / Crime by ethnic groups

No time to lose

from reception to integration of asylum migrants


In 2015, the public debate was dominated by moving images of migrants making their way to Europe and by the concerned reactions of European citizens to the asylum issue. Attention is currently focused mainly on the problems relating to the local reception of new groups of asylum seekers. At the same time, however, policymakers face a second fundamental challenge, which is the question of how to facilitate the integration of asylum seekers who have been granted a residence permit into Dutch society. This policy brief focuses on this category of asylum seekers, who are referred to as permit holders. The key question is how we can accelerate the process of integration of permit holders.
The discussion focuses on three major topics. First, the position of permit holders in the labour market, with an analysis of the development of their labour market position over time. The researchers also address the subject of crime. In recent months many citizens have expressed concerns that the arrival of asylum migrants will make their communities less safe. They therefore examine the level of representation of permit holders in the registered crime figures. Finally, they look at the dynamics within the permit holder population. Do the members of that population stay in the Netherlands or do they (or some of them) leave the country again? This is another recurring question in the public debate.


  1. From reception to integration
  2. Lessons from the recent past
  3. Lessons from the present
  4. No time to lose: recommendations for accelerating the integration of permit holders

Publication data

Engbersen, G., Dagevos, J., Jennissen, R., Bakker, L., Leerkes, A., Klaver, J. (medew.), Odé, A. (medew.)
WRR, SCP, WODC, Regioplan
Place of publication:
The Hague
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