Netherlands: People with low education or with an immigrant background have the lowest levels of well-being

The Monitor of Well-being and the Sustainable Development Goals 2022 revealed that people with a migration background and those with low levels of education have the lowest levels of well-being in the Netherlands.

Well-being, which is not limited to income, such as health, confidence, quality of living environment and employment status, is lower among those with a non-Western immigrant background, with 13 factors who indicate it, reports.

According to the report, the thirteen indicators attributed to well-being (in terms of life satisfaction) include material well-being, health, work and leisure, housing, society, security and the environment.

Moreover, only eight of the indicators are found among people of Western origin. The group without a migration background does not have an unfavorable result and a favorable result for twelve of the thirteen indicators.

“The often unfavorable situation of people with an immigrant background is only partly caused by differences in the level of education, age composition or gender ratio of the group compared to the non-immigrant group. immigration.” explains the report.

People with less education had low points on nine of the thirteen indicators. This compares to only two of thirteen indicators below average for people with higher education.

In terms of gender, 27.4% of men performed better in well-being compared to women, which were 3.5 percentage points lower. When it comes to lower levels of well-being, women fell below men by 0.5%, scoring 18.5 percentage points. The majority of those in the middle were women (57.6%) compared to men (54.6%).

By migration background, native Dutch respondents had fewer negative well-being indicators, with 15.7% of them at the lower levels and 28% at the top, which also represents the share the highest of the group. At the intermediate level, which represents those with both negative and positive well-being indicators, the lowest share is recorded by respondents of non-Western origin (53.1%), indicating that respondents were either on the best wellness scale or the worst.

Among those of Western descent, 19.7% had lower wellbeing indicators and 22% of respondents were on the positive side, showing more positive happiness indicators than others.

However, these rates were lowest for respondents of non-Western origin, as only 13.6% had a positive result in the matter, while the share of negative indicators was highest (33.4%).

Only 10.1% of those with a low level of education have a positive result, 58.1% being in the middle and 31.9% having the lowest well-being indicators, which is at the same time time a record.

On the other hand, those with higher happiness indicators were those with a high level of education (38.9%) and 10.2% of those with a higher level of education had negative indicators of happiness. welfare.

Helen D. Jessen