Status of Indos in the United States
In the post-war period, a cultural emigration occurred throughout the Netherlands. As the Netherlands was occupied from May 1940 until late 1944, the economy was a huge concern for the war’s survivors seeking to re-establish their livelihoods. By 1953, Dutch newspapers were a testament to the fact that tens of thousands were leaving the country, and leaving rapidly. Between the years of 1947 and 1963, 409,000 Dutchmen left their home country for countries, most notably the United States, Canada and Australia. Of those, 18.5% departed for the United States. On average, 24,000 people left the Netherlands every year.
The difficulties of assimilation prompted roughly 60,000 Indos to start a new life in the United States. The Indo population in the US is a relatively small Eurasian immigrant group in America. They mainly came under legislative refugee measures and were sponsored by Christian organizations. A majority of Indos settled in Southern California.
The Amerindo community in the US, unlike that in the Netherlands, is not increasingly numerically. While still identifiable today, the multicultural society that America has developed, prompted this small group to assimilate completely. Some believe that the Indo community will cease to exist in America within the lifespan of second or third generations. Although there are still several Amerindo organizations throughout the United States, the older generations, who are the most strongly rooted to Indo culture, are slowly diminishing, and there is a worry that their culture is passing with them.