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Refugee effect to Netherlands housing problem

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Refugee effect to Netherlands housing problem

According to the latest news of the Dutch social housing association, the Spokesperson stated that with the admission of Ukrainian refugees, the Dutch who have been waiting for low-cost rental housing for a long time will not be aggrieved.‎

‎According to the statement of the Ministry of the Interior, he stated that due to the shortcomings in the housing market, the Netherlands will not pull any houses from the stock to solve the refugee problem and will consider other ways to help. In Amsterdam, for example, five complexes were built to accommodate Ukrainian refugees, with commercial spaces, offices and schools renovated. The Minister said that the buildings can be used for a certain period of time with minor renovations.

The Minister of the Interior emphasized that ordinary housing is not an emergency shelter option. Hugo de Jonge, Dutch Minister of Housing and Spatial Planning, said that despite the insufficient housing stock, he believes in the importance of providing emergency shelter for Ukrainian refugees in the short term and adequate housing in the long term and is currently considering all available options. ‎
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‎According to previous reports, the Netherlands will need to prepare shelters that can accommodate more than 50,000 people. and Secretary of State Eric Van der Burg hopes these refugees can be resettled for a longer period of time. To ensure that these resettlement efforts go smoothly, the Dutch government has stated that it will work with various departments to develop so-called national programs aimed at reaching large-scale and long-term resettlement facilities as needed, including the welfare, education, care and accommodation of refugees.

The Secretary of the Foreign Minister also stated that as of April 1, Ukrainian refugees in the Netherlands will not be required to obtain work permits and that he hopes this group will be recruited more easily. ‎
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‎ Dutch media reported on Saturday that more than 11 thousand Dutch people have voluntarily registered with the Refugee Council in the last two weeks in the Netherlands, and it is expected that more volunteers will be needed for a while. ‎

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year. Data were obtained from the vehicle sales platform AutoScout24. According to the platform, the reason for the decrease is the summer holiday.

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AutoScout24 stated that during the summer holidays, people’s interests are generally towards vacationing, so the decrease in prices may be due to this.
 
An average used car was sold for 23,531 euros in July. This rate is 1.2 percent less than the previous month. At the beginning of this year, the average price of second-hand was 22,158 euros. There has been no decline in used car prices since the spring of 2021.
 
On the other hand, the increase in second-hand items in other European countries continues. Prices continued to rise in France, Austria and Belgium last month, while Germany saw a small decline of 0.2 percent.
 
Germany is still at the top of Europe in this field, with an average used car price of 27,361 euros.
 
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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

The proportion of people leaving the Randstad area in the Netherlands has increased over the past year. According to the National Statistics Agency (CBS), 75,000 people left the region last year. The number of people who moved to the region was 55 thousand.

 
CBS data indicated that those over the age of 30 are increasingly leaving the west of the country.
 
Statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Randstad area has increased since 2014. While 48 thousand people left the region in 2014, this number increased to 70 thousand in 2020.
 
On the other hand, the proportion of those who moved to Randstad remained roughly the same, reaching 55 thousand last year. Looking at all the data, the number of Dutch people giving up city life has been increasing since 2017.
 
However, the increase in the number of people leaving Randstad does not mean that the region is empty.

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Netherlands uses Europe’s most expensive natural gas

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The Netherlands became the country that used the most expensive natural gas among the European Union countries with its natural gas prices in July.

 
Nieuwsuur, which collects data from the comparison site Energievergelijk.nl, last month the natural gas bill of a house in the Netherlands cost 283 Euros. This rate is double that of many EU countries. Neighboring countries of the Netherlands are Germany and Belgium, a few of these countries.
 
In June, the peak of gas prices was in Sweden, while the Netherlands took the second place. In July, the leadership changed hands. Last month gas bills in Sweden averaged 237.
 
Electricity bills in the Netherlands are also quite high compared to other countries. The Dutch paid an average of 419 euros for electricity in July. There are only two European countries that face more electricity bills than the Netherlands: Italy and Denmark.
 
According to the estimates of Energievergelijk.nl, citizens who will renew their energy contracts this year will pay an average of 3,700 euros more per year.
 
Nibud, who is a budget consultant, stated that many households will have difficulty paying the bills in the future. Nearly 30 percent of them highlighted the difficulty ban on this issue last month.

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