Perceived and actual immigrant population share in the Netherlands and Belgium 2018

The statistic displays the results of a survey conducted by Ipsos of the perceived and actual immigrant population share in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2018. The survey results show that as of 2018, there was a significant gap between the public perception and actual share of immigrants in the Netherlands and in Belgium.
Survey respondents in the Netherlands estimated that roughly a quarter of the population were immigrants, whereas in Belgium this figure rose to nearly 30 percent. In reality, immigrants made up just over ten percent of the general population in both the Netherlands and Belgium in 2018.

In your country, out of every 100 people about how many do you think are immigrants?*

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Sources

Release date

December 2018

Region

Belgium, Netherlands

Survey time period

September 28, 2018 to October 16, 2018

Number of respondents

1,000**

Age group

16-64 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* The question was phrased by the source as follows: "Out of every 100 people in [COUNTRY] about how many do you think are immigrants (i.e. not born in [COUNTRY])?"

** 500 respondents for Belgium and 500 for the Netherlands.

The results have been weighted to represent the entire population.

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