Will you return to your country if economic conditions improve there?

Many of us arrive in the Netherlands every year – with most of us seeking a better standard of living and work. As economic conditions improve in countries such as Poland and Bulgaria, it is expected that the numbers of Eastern Europeans coming to the Netherlands will significantly decrease.

New reports by ABN Amro economists suggests that people coming to the Netherlands from Eastern Europe to seek work will dramatically decrease over the coming years, reports NOS. The countries that are expected to decrease will be from Bulgaria, Poland and Romania. As their economy improves and the wage gap gets ever smaller, people are choosing not to come to the Netherlands and instead, opt to stay put.

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Why is the prospect of leaving home not as attractive any more?

Not everyone who comes to the Netherlands actively wants to leave their country. Sometimes society, economic matters and standards of living mean that people leave until the situation at home improves. According to NOS, the labour force in these countries are shrinking and they are needed back home, wages are better and permanent jobs are becoming more common. This is the main reason why the newer figures are expected to indicate a big change.

This is worrying for the Netherlands, as the foreign workforce brings a lot of money into the country and if they leave (or just not come in the first place) then the jobs may not always be filled.

We’d love to know what brought you to the Netherlands. Why did you come here? Will you ever return home? Why won’t you/will you? And if you have returned, what made you do so! It’s always interesting to see what brought us all here – whether it’s love, work, study or more.

Any thoughts? Leave them in the comments!

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Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I’m in the US, I want to go back home to the NL bc the economy and my standard of living is so bad here. I never went to the US to seek a better way of life. I made a mistake and now I’m stuck and can’t get back home. If I have to be poor, miserable and lonely, I rather do it at home.

  2. Ai moved to the usa in 1966 but i wanted to go back for years now . I just have to find out what i have to do ,so i can move back. Mine family is there im now us cities but born in hollnd .i wish someone woud help me so i can go back to my vaderland. Have a 12 year old grandson but have full costedy of him because mother past away from abuse. Grandson has been with me dins birth. Hope someone has the answer for me

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