The first wave of Ukrainian immigration to the Netherlands was in the postwar years (1945-1948) when prisoners moved from postwar Germany.
Ukrainian citizens or migrants with Ukrainian origin who currently live in the Netherlands belong to the new, so-called «economic» wave of migration. They come to the Netherlands for study or work, mainly in the technical and scientific sphere.
In addition, so-called «seasonal migration» occurs in the Netherlands as well.
Nowadays, there is about 10 000 Ukrainians live in the Netherlands. The places of compact residence are in major Dutch cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and towns where leading universities are located: Utrecht, Leiden, Groningen, and Eindhoven.
Since 2014, the activity and cohesion of the Ukrainian community in the multicultural Dutch environment have increased significantly. Ukrainians defend the national interests of Ukraine, provide ongoing assistance to the Ukrainian army, as well as promote Ukrainian culture and traditions via the creation of Ukrainian cultural and humanitarian centers in different Dutch cities.
The officially registered organizations of the Ukrainian diaspora in the Netherlands are: «Foundation Ukrainians in the Netherlands», «Ukraine Culturalis Foundation», and «Brand New Ukraine».
There are also 6 Ukrainian schools in The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Groningen, Eindhoven, and Utrecht.