How did The Netherlands deal with more than one million Belgian refugees who fled to our country during the First World War? Why did so many Dutch people head off to the colonies? How did the first Chinese people fare in The Netherlands? How were the Jewish refugees treated in the 1930s by our nation? And, what’s the story behind the repatriates and Moluccans who came to The Netherlands after the Second World War?
You’ll find the answers to all these questions at the Coming and Going exhibition held at the Museon, in addition to topics such as the emigration of many people after the Second World War to Australia, and the reception of Italian, Turkish and Moroccan immigrant workers here in The Netherlands. The exhibition also explains why Surinamese and Antillean came to The Netherlands. Some of the exhibition is about the refugees who sought asylum in The Netherlands, telling often harrowing narratives of people from across the globe; from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Argentina, The Congo, Liberia, and Mongolia. A number of these asylum seekers have now settled down and built up a life here, whilst others became eligible for a general pardon.