Arabs in the Netherlands

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Arabs in the Netherlands
العرب في هولندا
Total population
300,000 - 400,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
80,000 in Amsterdam, 46,000 in Rotterdam, 35,000 in The Hague
Morocco Moroccans 60.000[2]
Iraq Iraqis 55,000[2]
Egypt Egyptians 23,000[2]
Syria Syrians 10,261[2]
Tunisia Tunisians 8,558[2]
Algeria Algerians 7,733[2]
Palestinian territories Palestinians 6,000[2]
Lebanon Lebanese 5,187[2]
Kuwait Kuwaitis 1,524[2]
Jordan Jordanians 1,523[2]
Saudi Arabia Saudis 1,519[2]
Arabic language
Dutch language
Mainly Islam, minority Christianity and Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Arabs, Assyrians, Hebrews

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 groups coming from the same area (such as the case of Kurds, Berbers, Turkmen, Assyrians, Roma etc.) the exact number of the actual Arab population in the Netherlands may be greatly biased. Most Dutch-Moroccans for example are not Arabs, they are Berbers.


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]

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