Expat The Netherlands News

Latest 10 news items tagged The Netherlands

16 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Choosing the right country for career advancement

There are many reasons for packing up and moving to a strange country, but one of the most persuasive is the chance to advance your career at the same time as experiencing a more enjoyable lifestyle. A recent survey by InterNations found that one in every three expats who’d taken the plunge had done so for career reasons, whether they’d been sent overseas by their home country employer or had found a great opportunity themselves. A few of those who took the survey had been recruited by a local company, and a small number had moved...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Barnier confirms importance of guaranteed expat rights

In a statement to the European Council, the EU’s head negotiator Michel Barnier has confirmed the need to immediately guarantee the rights of UK expats in Europe and EU expats in the UK. I f believed, Barnier’s position on the rights of expats and several other Brexit issues could come as music to the ears of the millions of expatriates living and working in the UK and Europe, who’ve come to almost accept the deafening silence on the subject from UK lawmakers. Barnier also confirmed that negotiations were expected to take longer...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2017

EU hits out at Portugal for its lenient expat pension tax laws

Favourite UK retiree destination Portugal is in the EU’s sights for its lenient expat pension tax laws. The EU’s war with retirement tax havens is now focused on Portugal’s generous expat tax laws, some of the most lenient in the entire European Union. The first shot fired across the country’s bows came from Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson, who said retirees should choose Portugal for its green wine and climate, not for its tax avoidance policies. For many years, the country has been the preferred retirement...
9 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Finland tops survey for expat kids education

One of the most important aspects of moving overseas en famille is the childrens’ safety, education and quality of life. Expat parents looking to settle in an unfamiliar country in order to take up a new job or start a small business need to put their childrens’ welfare high on the list of preferences. Finding a good, affordable international school, discovering what leisure activities are available, finding housing amongst other friendly families and, most importantly, ensuring the location is good for all-round health and safety...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Paris pushing its claim to City bankers

Just as the strong possibility of a hard Brexit looms closer, a French charm offensive has arrived in London to woo financial professionals and bankers. It’s no surprise Paris is putting itself forward as an alternative hub to London for financial services once Brexit severs the passporting ties which come with European Union membership. Germany and the Netherlands have also indicated a willingness to welcome bankers and the like, but the Paris team may have stolen their thunder by being the first to arrive. The French team,...
27 Jan at 6 PM 2017

EU taskforce to investigate plight of EU expats applying for UK residency

Following media coverage of bureaucratic nightmares caused to EU citizens applying for UK residency, the issue will come under investigation by a European Union cross-party taskforce. The move, by the EU parliament’s liberal group deputy leader Sophie in’t Veld, will examine harsh treatment by the British authorities of EU expats living long-term in the UK and wishing to gain permanent residency or citizenship. The Dutch Euro MEP took up the cause after hearing concerns from a number of EU citizens including Monique Hawkins, a UK...
30 Dec at 6 PM 2016

EU expats in UK being refused residency

The UK Home Office is under fire from frustrated EU citizens over its draconian refusals of permanent residency permits. The permanent residency process appears to be in chaos as long-stay EU citizens and experts are being told they must leave the UK due to minor paperwork problems. As a result, a recently formed campaign group is now urging government ministers to undertake a reform of the overburdened system. According to the Guardian newspaper, the 3 Million group was founded by Frenchman Nicolas Hatton in order to fight for the...
28 Dec at 3 PM 2016

Expats choosing Utrecht for lifestyle and friendliness

The Netherlands is well-known as a popular destination for younger expats working in the tech industry, with Utrecht now coming to the fore as the new place to be. Most of the estimated 57,000 expats in the Netherlands are spread across the massive municipality created by the country’s four largest cities, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The majority are attracted by opportunities within the country’s thriving ultra-high-tech industries, the reasonable cost of housing and the lively Dutch lifestyle. As with expats the...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2016

France the best place for expat home ownership

A recent and wide-ranging study on residential property across Europe gives good news to UK expats owning French homes. Eight European countries were compared for their number of home owners, costs of homes versus salaries, property price variations, sizes of homes, construction costs, mortgages and rural versus city locations. The Eurostat study covered the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Poland. France outdid the UK in several of the categories, although both countries showed the same number of...
2 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Young Britons in EU countries feeling the Brexit chill

Endless articles on the plight of expat retirees in EU member states have now become the post-Brexit norm, but young Britons working in the EU are also in confusion. It’s not just elderly Brit expats whose lives are being turned upside down by the Brexit vote, it’s also the huge number of millennial expats who’ve chosen to live thier lives and begin their careers overseas. For young Britons, the EU’s freedom of movement is an option they’ve grown up with, and working overseas is seen as a great way to kick-start the rest of...