Over 86 000 people work in the Netherlands and live in Germany or Belgium

By GrensInfoPunt (Cross-Border Information Point)

13 May 2024
The Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, CBS (Statistics Netherlands), together with its colleagues from Belgium, Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia) and Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) has compiled new figures on cross-border workers.

Over 86 000 people worked in the Netherlands as employees in 2021, while living in Germany or Belgium. Conversely, the numbers who lived in the Netherlands and worked in neighbouring countries are much lower. Noord-Limburg, Zuid-Limburg and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen are the regions in the Netherlands with the highest percentage of workers living in Germany or Belgium.

Almost 44 000 residents crossed the border from Germany to work in the Netherlands, from Belgium 42 000. These numbers have remained almost constant since 2017.

Fewer workers commuting from the Netherlands

The number of employees who came from Belgium and Germany to work in the Netherlands in 2021 was much higher than the number who commuted in the opposite direction. From the Netherlands, almost 7 000 employees worked in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, 1 000 in Niedersachsen and 11 000 in Vlaanderen, the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium. Very few people resident in the Netherlands work in the French-speaking region of Wallonia in Belgium. The number of cross-border commuters from the Netherlands to Belgium has fallen slightly since 2017.

More information can be found at the website of CBS (in Dutch).