Some Remarks on Selective Migration

Part of the Publications of the Research Group for European Migration Problems book series (REMP, volume 7)


The sizable overseas emigration from the Netherlands since the end of the Second World War 1 and the general expectation that emigration will continue to be important during the immediate future have renewed this country’s interest in the question of whether or not such a migration is selective. What is meant is not primarily selection by age, sex, and so forth, but rather the possible selection by the personal qualities of the individuals in the population, the mental attributes based at least partly on hereditary predisposition. During the past few years, this old problem has been animatedly discussed in many newspaper and magazine articles in the Netherlands, and more often than not the question has been answered affirmatively: as convinced as the Dutch people are that a large part of the natural increase in the Netherlands must be counterbalanced by emigration, they are usually just as convinced that this emigration results in a qualitative loss to the country.


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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1952

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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