Why are you moving abroad?

A Dutch reality TV programme called Ik vertrek (‘I’m leaving’), which follows people who move abroad to start a completely new life, is a big hit in the Netherlands. Viewers have seen some jaw-dropping examples of people spending all their savings to buy a property – such as to start a bed & breakfast – in a country they barely know, often without even speaking the local language. They often run into countless problems and sometimes give up and return to their home country with their tail between their legs. However, others – usually the go-getters who have bundles of energy and optimism– actually succeed in establishing a happy life for themselves abroad, despite all the setbacks.