Wian Barnard arrived in the Netherlands in September 2023, together with his twin brother Donovan.
Wian, why did you emigrate to the Netherlands?
I chose to go to the Netherlands, because of how things were going in South Africa. The Netherlands seemed like a wonderful place with great people and a good culture. You also have access to everywhere in Europe from the Netherlands and you don’t even need a car to get anywhere you can use public transport or even a bike.
Can you tell us something how you do like the Netherlands?
The Netherlands is great so far, there are no power cuts with a lot more safety. You don’t need a fence or alarm for security. It is also very clean here. One thing though is that the houses are quite small for the prices, especially based on South Africa.
Please tell us something about the projects you are currently working on.
I am currently working on an ecommerce project which my company uses to sell seeds to their customers across the world. Using up to date cloud technology and devops functions, deployments are done fast and efficiently.
Did the process of emigration go smoothly?
The immigration process was long, but with very few hasstles. I was able to immigrate with no issues. I managed to get a job as well as a house via summit developers before even landing in the Netherlands.
Can you explain to the South Africans who are considering to go overseas how you did experience the support from us?
The experience from summit developers helped a lot in getting to the Netherlands and getting settled in.