New survey underscores expat discontent
3 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Sixty eight percent of the expats who took part in an opinion poll on Expatica have indicated they want to leave the Netherlands because they are so unhappy at the way they are being treated.
3 October 2005
AMSTERDAM — Sixty eight percent of the expats who took part in an opinion poll on Expatica have indicated they want to leave the Netherlands because they are so unhappy at the way they are being treated.
Some 40 percent of respondents indicated they wanted to leave due to a combination of inefficient bureaucracy, growing xenophobia among the Dutch public and the lack of a service culture.
Six percent singled out the lack of customer service as the main reason for wanting to leave. Only 4 percent singled out bureaucracy as the top reason and 3 percent xenophobia.
Another 15 percent (80 people) indicated they wanted to leave the Netherlands but could not. Being in a good relationship or contractual commitments appear to be the main reasons why these expats feel they can't leave.
"I can't think of a good reason why anyone would want to stay here if their partner isn't here," one respondent wrote in the comment section.
Another agreed, writing: "I'm here because I love my Dutch partner very much, other than that I can't think of a good reason why I'd want to stay".
Dozens of other comments highlighted anti-foreigner sentiments in Dutch society, as well as very high levels of dissatisfaction with bureaucracy and poor customer service in shops and from government agencies.
The online survey, in which 544 people took part, was not conducted in a scientific manner. But its results seem to echo growing unhappiness among the wider expat community in the Netherlands.
A poll of the mainly expat employees of international agencies in the Netherlands found 77 percent of the respondents want to leave the country.
That survey was conducted by Organisations Staff Associations (IOSA-NL), which represents staff members of international agencies. About 60 percent of the workers represented by IOSA-NL took part in the survey.
Twenty six percent of the people who took part in the Expatica poll indicated they like living in the Netherlands and want to stay. Another six percent want to stay because of a good relationship.
Interestingly, only 1 percent (6 votes) want to stay because of the "great benefits" some expats receive. These benefits include the 30 percent tax ruling for expats recruited to positions no Dutch candidates are qualified to fill.
Click here for the full results and comments of the Expatica poll.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news + expat opinion in the Netherlands