Netherlands: 2nd generation making up pension accrual differences

Immigrants of the second generation are making up the deficiency in pension accrual compared to ethnic Dutch. According to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics, at the end of 2005 these immigrants had a higher pension accrual than their parents.

The first generation immigrant had a deficiency since they came to the Netherlands at a later age. The second generation of immigrants doesn't have this problem, declares CBS. A better education and better paying work also plays a role.

On average, a pension accrual of non-Western immigrants has about half that of ethnic Dutch. In certain age groups it's a third. The pension accrual of immigrants of the second generation shows a similar trend to that of ethnic Dutch. Antillians and Western immigrants of the second generation between 35 and 40 have about the same level as ethnic Dutch of that age.

The second generation Turks and Moroccans aged 35-40, have made the largest leap, according to CBS data. Their pension accrual is twice as high as their parents.

Source: Trouw (Dutch)

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