Emigrating, where to and why

If you have had enough of this government, the tax burden, the traffic jams, the climate, the flooding, the rubbish on the streets, the overpriced homes, sitting on each other’s lips, your neighbors, your mother-in-law, the headscarves, then it is time to quit. scratches. Or are you retired and finally have the opportunity to emigrate to the country of your dreams.


You hear it more and more often. We want to leave en masse. Of course, everyone has had plans to emigrate for whatever reason. One in three compatriots is seriously considering or has considered leaving. Of course, one of the above motives can be decisive or play a role. It is more likely that the reason for leaving the country lies much deeper, for example work.

It is therefore good to put everything in order before the decision is made. You know best why you want to leave. There are plenty of books, brochures and internet sites that discuss all practical matters. Consider, for example,, a bookstore for emigrants, or, a page with useful links. This site also contains articles with practical tips.

Don’t underestimate

What a cross-country move does to you is very important. Not everyone is suitable as an emigrant. Maybe you are suitable, but your partner is not. You will need to have adaptability, perseverance and a lot of patience. If you go on holiday every year to a permanent address in Spain, it is only for a certain period of time. No matter how much you’re having a good time. At some point you will be back in the Netherlands with your family, friends or colleagues. Once you live there, you won’t go back to the Netherlands so quickly. You will miss your family and friends. Think about that carefully. It goes further than missing salty liquorice or Dutch new ones. Don’t underestimate it.

Above all, think about where you would like to go. Which country suits you best, or for you if it concerns several emigrants? How is education organized and what about the quality?

If you really want to feel at home in your new environment, you will first have to learn the language well. What are the habits of your new compatriots and how do they interact with each other. In Germany and the US, many people are members of a shooting club, while in the Netherlands there is a taboo on weapons, hunting and shooting in general.


In Spain it is very common not to have breakfast in a bar or cafĂ© until mid-morning. Dinner is never served before nine o’clock in the evening . In New Zealand, many ex-Dutch people live in a 1950s interior, including clogs, windmills and garden gnomes. It can hardly be more trussy. Live with your new compatriots and be open to their customs without denying your own identity. If it is not customary there to lie topless on the beach, you or your partner should not do that either. Adapt!

There is a lot to consider before you have settled in the new country. There is also a lot of information about this . Yet sometimes you can overlook little things. Deregistering from a municipality is sometimes less simple than it seems. Emigrate? To another country? You must first register with the new municipality, I heard someone say. Then you look strange.


Have you canceled all subscriptions and is your medical file already in the possession of your new GP? Is everything financially complete? Make sure everything is arranged. It takes a lot of preparation and sweat. Once in the new country, everything will have to be arranged. You will often have to wade through a load of paper: permits, application forms, insurance, contracts, regulations, and so on. Most of your time will probably be spent building a new life. Making new friends is not easy for everyone. Perseverance and patience are the keywords.


According to Statistics Netherlands, just over 123,000 people left our country in 2007, almost half of whom were born in the Netherlands. Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom are the most popular. CBS: Of the emigrants who left in 1995, just over half had returned after eight years. There could of course be various reasons for this, for example work. But some of them are simply homesick or have great difficulty building a completely new life. The fact is that a real migration of people takes place every year in both directions. In addition, in 2015 the influx of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Libya was very large.