Dutch term – Vluchteling

A vluchteling is a refugee.

The Netherlands was neutral during World War I, and saw many refugees from Belgium. Many municipalities in the southern provinces kept special registers to keep track of the refugees who stayed in their area. Nowadays, refugees settling in the Netherlands come from more distant places, like Syria.

Belgian refugees in World War I. Credits: Geschiedenislokaal 013 (no known copyrights)

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