Bonaire Sees a Growth in Population, 2011-2015

Population growth on Bonaire is mainly due to immigration.

Bonaire Sees a Small Population Growth in 2016Between January 2011 and January 2016, the population of Bonaire increased by more than 20% to 19,400 residents. This was largely attributable to immigration. In the period between January 2011 and December 2015, 7,000 immigrants arrived on Bonaire while 4,000 emigrants left. The largest influx was from the European Netherlands, Curaçao and the United States, according to figures recently released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Migration balance on Bonaire in recent years.

Migration Balance on Bonaire, 2011-2015

The 3,000 immigrants from the European Netherlands who settled on the island between 2011 and 2015 formed the largest group. In the same period, 1,600 residents of Curaçao, Aruba and St Maarten moved to Bonaire; nearly 80 percent were from Curaçao.

Among the group who left the island in the same period, over 2,000 moved to the European Netherlands and around 1,100 to Curaçao, Aruba or St Maarten.

Population growth on Bonaire in recent years.

Population growth on Bonaire, 2011-2015

Many moves to the Caribbean Netherlands.

Between January 2011 and December 2015, more people settled in the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius) than left. Net migration stood at 2,700 for all three islands.

In the same period, around 10,000 people moved to one of the three islands while slightly over 7,000 people left the islands. The Caribbean Netherlands is especially popular among residents of the European Netherlands, Central and South America, Curaçao, the USA, and Canada.

(Source:  Central Bureau of Statistics)