In the Netherlands, 16 billion euros are laundered annually. In the Dutch newspaper Trouw, researchers of the Utrecht University School of Economics warn that fraud and the entwining of the underworld and straight world are on the rise.
The calculation is based on numbers from 2014 because international crime statistics of the past years have not been officially determined yet. But according to the Utrecht-based researchers, who compared the numbers to those of 2004, the outcome surely matters because other academics state that millions of euros are laundered. Now, it turns out to be billions. “The extent has remained relatively equal over the past ten years, approximately 2.5 percent of the gross domestic product,” says Brigitte Unger, a Professor of Economics of the Public Sector and project leader of the research, that was commissioned by the WODC, which is the research institute affiliated with the Ministry of Justice and Security. “That's a substantial share. That money could be used to solve the problems in healthcare, so to speak.”