Like all immigrant groups, the Surinamese experience in the Netherlands was initially rocky, with high rates of poverty, crime, drug use, and unemployment plaguing Surinamese communities. But, similar to the path followed by the Indo’s (immigrants from the Dutch colonies in Indonesia), Surinamese have slowly and steadily integrated into mainstream Dutch society without any major obstacles or delays. Unlike migrants from Turkey or the Middle East, Surinamese migrants spoke Dutch and were at least marginally familiar with Dutch culture. Additionally, the migrants who came from Suriname were generally far more educated than those who stayed behind, a fact which helped them find jobs and independence.
The legacy of the migrants from Suriname has deeply influenced many aspects of Dutch society in direct and indirect ways. This legacy can be seen on the football pitch, in the food people eat, in the legal profession and in business, in religion and cultural life.