Afro-Dutch people

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Total population
Regions with significant populations
Primarily urban centres in South Holland, North Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht
Primarily Dutch, Papiamento, Sranan Tongo, English, Creole Languages
Majority Christianity, minorities Islam, Irreligion and Traditional African religions

Afro-Dutch or Black-Dutch are residents of the Netherlands who are of black African ancestry. The majority of Afro-Dutch in the continental Netherlands hail from the former and present Dutch overseas territories Suriname and the former Netherlands Antilles; now Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba. Of the approximately 500,000 Afro-Dutch people, about 300,000 people, or 60%, are from these territories. There is also a sizable population of Cape Verdean, Ghanaian, Nigerian, Somali, Angolan and other African communities of more recent immigrants. The majority of Afro-Dutch people migrated to the Netherlands from the 1970s onwards, most of the recent migrants arriving either as political refugees seeking freedom or, more often, to escape regional conflicts, such as from Eritrea.

Notable Afro-Dutch people[edit]



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