This study compares the networks and social capital of native Dutch inhabitants with that of migrants in the Netherlands.
We discuss the research literature, come up with new predictions and provide empirical analyses. Our data stem from three
different surveys. For the comparison of personal networks we used the Amenities and Services Utilization Survey (AVO, 1999,
n = 13 122 of which about 9 percent belong to an ethnic minority). For the comparison of social capital we combined two other
sets of data: the Survey of the Social Networks of the Dutch (SSND, 2000, n = 1 007, of which 7 percent belong to an ethnic
minority) and a survey among residents of two disadvantaged neighborhoods in The Hague (n = 406, of which 70 percent belong
to an ethnic minority, i. e., Moroccan, Turkish, Surinam, or Antillean). The first data allow for a comparison of core discussion
networks (s. e. g. Marsden 1987, 1988), while the latter two allow to compare social capital delineated through the position
generator (Lin/Dumin 1986). We found that personal networks are remarkably homogeneous with regard to ethnicity, but that
the degree to which people associate with their own group differs between immigrant groups. Our results also indicate that
meeting places in the Netherlands are segregated according to ethnicity. Finally, social capital of immigrants is drastically
lower than that of migrants.