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8 thousand care workers commuting across the border

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03/26/2020 | 03:23pm EDT

Belgium has recently closed its borders with the Netherlands for all non-essential inbound and outbound travel. Germany has closed its borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark. Travel to the Netherlands is still permitted, although trips between Germany and the Netherlands which are not strictly necessary are strongly discouraged.

One-quarter of cross-border commuters work in business services

In 2017, nearly 80 thousandworkers in the Netherlands were residents of either Germany or Belgium. These were found in various business sectors. Over 20 thousandcross-border commuters were working in business services. The majority were placed by temporary employment agencies. More than 10 thousand were working in either manufacturing or wholesale and retail trade. The group furthermore included 8 thousandhealthcare workers.

Show datatableInbound commuters from Germany and Belgium, by business sector, 2017 (x 1,000)Hide datatableInbound commuters from Germany and Belgium, by business sector, 2017 (x 1,000)
Bedrijfssector Residing in Belgium Residing in Germany
Business services 7.7 13.5
Manufacturing 7.6 6.5
Wholesale and retail trade; Repair of motor vehicles 5.9 5.6
Transport and storage services 2 3.6
Healhcare and welfare services 5.6 2.5
Public administration and public services 1.6 1.7
Education 2.3 1.7
Other 1.8 1.6
Construction 1.2 1.1
Information and communication 1.2 0.7
Accommodation, Food and beverage services 1 0.6
Financial services 1 0.4

Substantially more inbound commuters

In 2017, nearly 39 thousandworkers crossed over from Belgium to work in the Netherlands. Of this group, 22 thousandwere people of Dutch nationality. These are mainly Dutch nationals who moved to Belgium but kept their job in the Netherlands. Vice versa, 13 thousandDutch residents commuted across to Belgium.
Inbound commuter traffic from Germany to the Netherlands stood at 40 thousand. Nearly 17 thousandof these commuters were Dutch nationals, while 9 thousandheld a different nationality; these were mainly Polish nationals. Close to 10 thousandworkers went from the Netherlands to the neighbouring German states of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Wesphalia. Those travelling to North Rhina-Westphalia included 3 thousandGerman nationals.

Show datatableCross-border commuters in the Netherlands, Germany1) and Belgium, by nationality, 2017 (x 1,000)Hide datatableCross-border commuters in the Netherlands, Germany1) and Belgium, by nationality, 2017 (x 1,000)
Dutch Belgian German Other
Working in the Netherlands Residing in Belgium 21.3 15.3 0.2 2.1
Residing in Germany 16.6 0.1 14.0 8.9
Working in Belgium Residing in the Netherlands 6.6 5.1 0.1 1.0
Working in Germany Residing in the Netherlands 6.2 0.0 2.9 0.4
1) Includes only the border regions of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony.

North Limburg has highest share of workers from Germany

The scope of cross-border commuting shows varies greatly across the border regions. The Dutch region of North Limburg has the highest share of German residents who work across the border. In North Limburg, nearly 4 percentof all workers were coming in from Germany in 2017. This share was 1 to 2 percentin the Dutch regions of Twente, de Achterhoek, Arnhem/Nijmegen and Central and South Limburg. Lower shares are seen in regions across the border. The regions of Städte Region Aachen, Kleve in North Rhine-Westphalia and Grafschaft Bentheim in Lower Saxony had shares exceeding 1 percent.

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CBS - Statistics Netherlands published this content on 26 March 2020 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein. Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 26 March 2020 20:22:04 UTC

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