Frank’s Smoke House

The name might make you think, Oops, is this a decent place for a nice person like me? – as the combination ‘smoke’ and ‘Amsterdam’ does tend to point you in a ‘certain direction’. But we can confirm that Frank’ s Smoke House is one of the most decent places in the culinary world of … Continued

Though most people work directly for an employer, over the past years, a considerable and growing number of people in the Netherlands have chosen to work in self-employment, to the point where, at present, 1.76 million people have self-employment as their main, or only, source of income. Of these, 900,000 are what the Dutch call … Continued

The Future Is Here

The potential we see at ACCESS, among the available (international) talent already here in the Netherlands, is simply mindboggling. In this, the Employment issue, we could not help but reflect on our own volunteers, in the context of locally-based employers searching for international talent. In a contribution to pre-election debates earlier this year (February 2017), … Continued

Summer Holidays

Edith van Ruitenbeek In general, a break once in a while – from your daily challenges and tasks – is considered healthy, especially in our modern world. Whether this is to soak up the sun, get some physical exercise, play with your children, contemplate life, discover other cultures, or simply indulge in a little dolce … Continued

The Hague

For someone for whom the buzz of Amsterdam leaves her breathless, I would have never guessed that The Hague would knock my socks off. Yet it’s true: Den Haag has also stolen my heart. Two days of intense touring there and I’m totally hooked. It would take the entire XPat Journal to do it justice, … Continued


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” – is probably the best career advice to give to young people, and we have Oscar Wilde to thank for his wise words. But discovering and being yourself is not easy in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. Especially for graduates who are about to move into the world of … Continued

Days of Physical Presence

By Robin Schalekamp and Kees de Graaf If an employee works (in employment) in more than one country, or lives in a country other than the one he works in, both countries could have the right to levy taxes over his or her employment income. In order to avoid double taxation, the Netherlands has concluded … Continued

Registered Partnership or Marriage?

By Yolanda Bokhorst   Many people who have found the love of their life want to formalize this bond. In the Netherlands, there are various options available for those who want to do this; one of these is the registered partnership. The question arises, however, whether registered partnerships are a wise choice in international situations. … Continued

Legal Aspects of Buying a House

For most people, the purchase of a house is an important and exciting event. This is especially so for expats who find themselves buying a home in a country other than their own. Of course, finding the right house in the right place is a first priority – but once you have done that successfully; … Continued

National Park Weerribben Wieden

  Though very few people know about it, it really should come as no surprise that this country, riddled as it is with canals, should have its own Venice. Not a city, though, just a picturesque little town called Giethoorn, located 121 km north-east of Amsterdam, in the province of Overijssel. Giethoorn is located on … Continued

Career and Children

By Edith van Ruitenbeek “I shouldn’t have to choose between my kid and my career.” These words, uttered by Victoria Azarenko, one of the best tennis players in the world, recently reached the front pages, when she announced that she had to drop out of the US Open this year. Not due to pregnancy or … Continued

The New Immigration Directive and Permanent Residency

Since the introduction of the ICT (Intra Corporate Transferee), formally known as EU Directive 2014/66 (as of November 29, 2016), Altair Global has received many questions regarding the difference between the HSMP (Highly Skilled Migrant Procedure) and the ICT procedure – from both employers as well as employees. In this article, they highlight the differences … Continued