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In the first decade of the 21st Century                                               

Kingdom of the Netherlands (Holland)

The Netherlands has a prosperous and open economy, which depends heavily on foreign trade. The economy is noted for stable industrial relations, moderate unemployment and inflation, a sizable current account surplus, and an important role as a European transportation hub.

The pace of job growth reached 10-year highs in 2007, but economic growth fell sharply in 2008 as fallout from the world financial crisis constricted demand and raised the specter of a recession in 2009.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]


CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in the Netherlands.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



If you are looking for material to use in a term-paper, you are advised to scan the postings on this page and others to see which aspect(s) of street life are of particular interest to you.  You might be interested in exploring how children got there, how they survive, and how some manage to leave the street.  Perhaps your paper could focus on how some street children abuse the public and how they are abused by the public … and how they abuse each other.  Would you like to write about market children? homeless children?  Sexual and labor exploitation? begging? violence? addiction? hunger? neglect? etc.  There is a lot to the subject of Street Children.  Scan other countries as well as this one.  Draw comparisons between activity in adjacent countries and/or regions.  Meanwhile, check out some of the Term-Paper resources that are available on-line.


Check out some of the Resources for Teachers attached to this website.


Child Prostitution in the Netherlands

Carin Tiggeloven, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 18-12-2001

[accessed 25 December 2016]

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly also be accessible [here]

[accessed 26 June 2011]

The number of Dutch children working in prostitution has increased dramatically over the past five years: from 4,000 to 15,000 according to figures published by the Amsterdam-based ChildRight organization.

 Most children that end up in prostitution in the Netherlands are boys or young under aged asylum-seekers – particularly Nigerian girls. ChildRight claims this group numbers some 5,000 children. But recent years have seen a significant rise on the number of Dutch girls forced into the sex industry. Among them are an estimated 5,000 runaway or homeless children, many of whom are mentally retarded. Another large group (also 5,000) are ‘ordinary' Dutch schoolgirls, aged 13 or 14 from a "regular home environment" who are lured into prostitution by so-called "lover-boys". sccp


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Runaways - Where To Turn For Help Before You Are Homeless - (+31) 06-0432

Rebeccas Community -- This is for anyone aged up to 13 years old who is thinking about running away

[accessed 26 June 2011]

Here are the best phone numbers to call …They are Confidential - which means they won't tell anyone about your call unless you want them to talk to somebody for you, or you are in danger.  They are open 24 Hours - it doesn't matter what time you call  In Netherlands, call (+31) 06-0432

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 10 February 2020]

CHILDREN - Education was free and compulsory for children between the ages of 4 and 16, although schools could ask for a voluntary contribution from parents. Vocational education was also free, except for the cost of books and materials. Approximately 10 percent of students left secondary school before attaining a certificate. Government-licensed Islamic schools were obliged to follow the same curriculum requirements as other schools. One in 10 immigrant children left school without obtaining a diploma.

Street children Statistics

[accessed 25 September 2011]

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NETHERLANDS - Street children in the Netherlands number some 7,000. (Council of Europe)

Children Living on the Street

Kelly, P.J.; Grajcer, B.; Rigato, F. D., Online Brazilian Journal of Nursing (OBJN_ISSN 1676-4285), v.2, n.2, 2003

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 26 June 2011]

While the magnitude of the problem tends to be greater in less developed countries, there are still 7,000 street children in the Netherlands, 4,000 in Belgium, and 10,000 in France. The United States has about 500,000 under-age runaways and “throw-away” children

Homelessness in Holland

From the June 1999 issue of Share International -- First published April 1999

[accessed 26 June 2011]

A comparison between how the Dutch government and volunteers are addressing homelessness in Holland - In the larger cities in particular there is a wide variety of care centers: publicly-funded and private pensions, crisis centers, houses for homeless youths, boarding houses and other institutions. Some of these provide shelter only during the day or the night; a few offer round-the-clock refuge. Most of them charge a fee, and those which are cheap or free are usually overbooked. As a result, many of the homeless find themselves sleeping out of doors after all.

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