Dutch people started arriving in Suriname (previously known as Dutch Guiana) in the 19th century with the boeroes (not to be confused with the South AfricanBoeren), who were poor farmers, arriving from the Dutchprovinces of Gelderland and Groningen, in search for a better economic life. Furthermore, the Surinamese ethnic group, the Creoles, persons of mixed African-European ancestry, are partially of Dutch descent. Many Dutch settlers left Suriname after independence in 1975, which diminished the white Dutch population. Currently there are around 1000 boeroes left in Suriname, and 3000 outside Suriname. Inside Suriname, they work in several sectors of society. Some families still work in the agricultural sector.