The number of homeless people aged 18 to 65 in the Netherlands has more than doubled from 17,800 in 2009 to 39,300 last year.

The number of homeless people aged between 18 and 30 has doubled in this period, the Dutch Statistics Bureau said on Friday, adding that the number of homeless people displaced from non-Western background had increased in that period.

The number of displaced adults in the Netherlands has increased by about 10,000 since 2009 to 27,300 in 2012. The number of displaced persons has stopped rising for two years, but between 2014 and 2018, the number rose again to more than 12,000.

As in previous years, the majority of the homeless in the Netherlands are men - 84 percent.

More than 37 percent of the displaced were in one of the four major cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht or The Hague.

57 percent of the displaced are immigrants.

Last year, one third of the homeless were aged between 18 and 30. The number of displaced persons in this age group is 12,600, and the number has tripled since 2009. Almost half of them were in the 30-50 age group.

The number of homeless people with a non-Western immigrant background has almost tripled since 2009, from 6,500 to 18,300, according to the Dutch Statistics Office.

Earlier this week, the Census Bureau reported that the number of people requiring assistance from food banks in the Netherlands rose by 8 per cent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period last year.

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