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foxyboy1964
03-21-2008, 07:48 AM
I'm looking for some general info on immigrating to the Netherlands. I am a UK citizen, UK passport holder, born in the UK. As I understand it, an EU citizen can move to another EU country and stay there pretty much as long as they like without a visa. Now, I'm not planning on moving next week or any time soon, I'm just trying to get an idea of what to expect. So what I would like to know is:

1) How are immigrants from the UK received in NL? I don't want to move to a country if it's going to piss people off http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

2) How is the employment situation in general?

3) How easy is it to find accommodation?

I know that if someone wishes to apply for Dutch citizenship they have to learn the language and pass an exam in it.

Any other info you can think of would be appreciated, thanks.

Pigeon_
03-21-2008, 08:00 AM
I really don't see a problem here... I think people from the UK are generally welcomed very good here. I don't think you need Dutch citizenship to stay here. I know a lot of people from Germany who live here and they don't need it either to stay here.

I think it's better to contact the authorities about this, since I'm not an expert on this... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.britishembassy.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename...ge&cid=1025627649632 (http://www.britishembassy.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1025627649632)

foxyboy1964
03-21-2008, 08:16 AM
Thanks Pigeon http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I've had a good look through the Dutch Consulate sites in the UK and the official side of things seems straight forward and easy enough. I'm just trying to get a "feel" for the country from the people who live there. It's nice to know that there is no obvious dislike of the British in the NL's. Of course, I will visit the country before making any final decision.

Heliopause
03-21-2008, 10:23 AM
I think you can stay for 3 month without the visa. If you want to work you probably have to register.
Getting a place to live: In some cities it is crowded and therefore a problem. (rent a room perhaps?)
Dont act like a hooligan (goes without saying I gues)
Most people speek your language! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Sharpe26
03-22-2008, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by foxyboy1964:
I'm looking for some general info on immigrating to the Netherlands. I am a UK citizen, UK passport holder, born in the UK. As I understand it, an EU citizen can move to another EU country and stay there pretty much as long as they like without a visa. Now, I'm not planning on moving next week or any time soon, I'm just trying to get an idea of what to expect. So what I would like to know is:

1) How are immigrants from the UK received in NL? I don't want to move to a country if it's going to piss people off http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

2) How is the employment situation in general?

3) How easy is it to find accommodation?

I know that if someone wishes to apply for Dutch citizenship they have to learn the language and pass an exam in it.

Any other info you can think of would be appreciated, thanks.

1: you're not going to piss people off, you're from the UK. Unless you get drunk afcourse

2: unemployment is low here. I guess it all depends on what you're looking for.

3: with regards to accomodation I'd ask how big your budget is.

edit: what part of the country?

Friendly_flyer
03-22-2008, 05:11 PM
I thought you said Neanderthals. I'll just show myself out, then.

DuxCorvan
03-22-2008, 06:37 PM
How would a Spaniard with a "Duke of Alba" T-Shirt be received there? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Airmail109
03-22-2008, 07:24 PM
Originally posted by Friendly_flyer:
I thought you said Neanderthals. I'll just show myself out, then.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

comments like that make my day

foxyboy1964
03-23-2008, 11:49 AM
Originally posted by Heliopause:
I think you can stay for 3 month without the visa. If you want to work you probably have to register.
Getting a place to live: In some cities it is crowded and therefore a problem. (rent a room perhaps?)
Dont act like a hooligan (goes without saying I gues)
Most people speek your language! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Originally posted by Sharpe26
1: you're not going to piss people off, you're from the UK. Unless you get drunk afcourse

2: unemployment is low here. I guess it all depends on what you're looking for.

3: with regards to accomodation I'd ask how big your budget is.

edit: what part of the country?

Thanks for the info guys http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif. I'll take a trip over in the summer and have a scout around.

foxyboy1964
03-23-2008, 11:49 AM
Originally posted by Friendly_flyer:
I thought you said Neanderthals. I'll just show myself out, then.
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

foxyboy1964
03-23-2008, 12:05 PM
Originally posted by DuxCorvan:
How would a Spaniard with a "Duke of Alba" T-Shirt be received there? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Warmly, no doubt http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/9603/polycarpgo5.jpg

NAFP_supah
03-24-2008, 05:43 AM
Originally posted by DuxCorvan:
How would a Spaniard with a "Duke of Alba" T-Shirt be received there? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I think most people here would have to look up on wikipedia who the duke of alba was http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

The british are generally well liked in the Netherlands, 90% understands english and 70% speaks english to some degree. Your country hasnt signed some european treaties like the schengen treaty which might mean you have to apply for a permit to work but I suspect that's mostly a formality especially if you have had some sort of education that allows you to find a job relatively easily. Housing really depends on where you want to live. Outside of the Randstad, the heavily populated area that stretches from the west down through the center of the country encompassing Amsterdam, Rotterdam and utrecht (and more) housing is relatively easy to find and cheap. In the randstad it will be more expensive and harder to find but still doable.

Feathered_IV
03-25-2008, 02:57 AM
Originally posted by Friendly_flyer:
I thought you said Neanderthals. I'll just show myself out, then.

Aw ****, I just did the same thing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

SeaFireLIV
03-25-2008, 03:13 AM
Originally posted by NAFP_supah:


I think most people here would have to look up on wikipedia who the duke of alba was http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

.

So who was he? And no, i`m not looking on Wiki...

OK, I just looked in one of my books. I can see now why the Netherlands might not like him. Apparently, he upset people so much it caused a revolt.