Reasons to emigrate from the Netherlands are multiple. Finding your luck elsewhere is an appealing thought to many, but not all of us make that big step to actually leave. Every Emigrant has his own story to tell.
I have y own story as well. The question why I left the Netherlands was asked by one of my subscribers on Leaving Holland Channel on YouTube.
I thought it was a good question to answer in a vlog.
People leave the Netherlands for many reasons, but mostly because they are no longer happy
Most reasons are very personal, and although many people will tell you enthusiastic stories about their emigration plans, underneath lies a negative reason:
- the enormous pressure of rules and regulations from both the Netherlands en the European Union
- raising taxes and prices
- cutbacks on social benefits and health insurance coverage, pensions and interest on savings
- problems (f.e. financial or family)
Many do not leave Europe, but seek their happiness in countries like Spain, France, Belgium and Germany. Because of the Schengen Agreement these people actually never have left the Netherland. Agreements within the Schengen pact are so tight that you really have to leave the Schengen Zone to leave the Netherlands.
For me, immigrating to a Schengen country no longer counts as emigration
The Netherlands is the land of milk and Honey
Many people believe that the Netherland is the country where fried chicken flies into your mouth for free, the only thing you have to do is open your mouth when you walk the streets of gold. And although life in the Netherlands might seem good coming from a third world country, the Netherlands know high unemployment especially in the age range of 45+ and up and social benefits are cut back on every year. As are the pension funds.
There is a lot of (hidden) poverty in the Netherlands that seems to be unsolvable.
Many people face eviction of their houses and live day by day with summons and court cases of unpaid bills, specially those involving health care insurance. Contribution and ‘own risk’ to pay by yourself are sky high and raising yearly.
Many fellow Dutch think I am to negative about my home country. But those who watch the video will hear me explain why I never saw the Netherlands as my home country, and maybe because of my world citizenship I’m have more room for criticism than the average voter in the Netherlands.
I’m a member of ‘Generation Lost’. Born in the ’60’s and ’70’s we are the generation that knows nothing but unemployment and cut backs. Generation Lost is the result of the rich and abundant baby boomers whom are our parents. My generation suffered reorganisation upon reorganisation in every department. From education to Housing, from child support to pension funds, we were always on the wrong side of the new implemented laws.
JC, you are bitter because of your experiences
So people state I’m bitter. I gave that remark some thought. Bitter is not the right word. I’m very dissapointed, yes. Being unemployed, seeing all refugees take our jobs and getting money to start a life while for me social benefits are cut back to a bare minimum, makes it hard not to get bitter. But no I’m not bitter, just disappointed. I’m also very realistic. And I have an opinion, which is MY OPINION. And many emigrants I speak with share my concerns towards that what is happening in Europe and SChengen Zone and the Netherlands right now, but still it is MY OPINION. You do not have to agree with me.
You may think the Netherlands is the best country on the earth to live and you may think that you leave some problems here to find some over there. As long as I know that in that ‘over there’ of you, I find more happiness than I could manage in the Netherland.
There is a world that goes further than a garden gnome and a yearly caravan holiday to France, complaining about intolerance and refugees, politics and tax raises on birthday parties. The world is larger than the boundaries the European Union is forcing upon it’s citizens.
And maybe I was born in the wrong generation with a Dutch passport, ready for a larger world.