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South African Expats (SAFFAs) with Kids Take Six Months to Settle but it Makes Families Closer

Despite the benefits of raising a family abroad, parents and children alike take time to settle into their new life. However, the challenge can bring families closer together, according to new data. Almost half of expat parents say their children take longer than six months to feel at home in…

Belgium invites Catalans to claim asylum, but not Boers and Afrikaners, who are also being oppressed and persecuted?

A Belgian minister has said “Catalan people who feel politically threatened can ask for asylum in Belgium. That includes President Puigdemont. This is 100 percent legal,” Theo Francken, the state secretary for asylum and migration, told public broadcaster VRT late on Saturday. Catalonia’s president (now in exile), Carles Puigdemont, says he’s not seeking…

Japanese bank MUFG confirms move to Amsterdam after Brexit

   SAFFA   September 13, 2017  No Comments

Large Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) filed a license application to set up a new subsidiary in Amsterdam, so that the financial group can continue to serve customers in the European Union after the Brexit, the bank said in a statement. “The new subsidiary in Amsterdam will ensure that…

Justice Min. revokes Dutch nationality of four jihadists

   SAFFA   September 13, 2017  No Comments

Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice revoked the Dutch nationality of four jihadists. According to him, the four jihadists joined a terrorist organization abroad, NOS reports.  The four jihadists were also declared unwelcome foreigners, which means they can no longer legally return to the Netherlands or to other Schengen…

Tree falls on girl at Enschede school

   SAFFA   September 13, 2017  No Comments

A tree blown over by an autumn storm raging through the Netherlands on Wednesday, landed on a girl at the Stedelijk Lyceum in Enschede-Zuid on Wednesday morning. The girl was taken to hospital. Her condition is unknown, Tubantia reports. The area around the fallen tree was closed off to the…

Bill to fund prenatal Down's Syndrome test fails in parliament; Dutch gov't formation drags on

   SAFFA   September 13, 2017  No Comments

The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie – the four parties currently negotiating forming a new Dutch government together – voted against permanently compensating the NIP-test for all pregnant women in the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday, NOS reports. Those four parties together make up a majority in the lower house of…

At least six killed in Hurricane Irma

   SAFFA   September 7, 2017  No Comments

Hurricane Irma took at least six lives on Saint-Martin, the French part of the island that also includes Sint Maarten, broadcaster Franceinfo reported on behalf of the French government. Thus far no information is available about victims in the Dutch part of the island, the Telegraaf reports.

All eyes on Hurricane Jose after Irma caused "massive destruction": Dutch PM Rutte

   SAFFA   September 7, 2017  No Comments

The Kingdom of the Netherlands was hit hard by Hurricane Irma, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a press conference after a crisis meeting about emergency relief for the islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius on Thursday morning, reports. The government is very concerned about Hurricane Jose,…

Fourteen lifelike dolls stolen from exclusive Breda sex shop

   SAFFA   September 7, 2017  No Comments

Thieves stole 14 lifelike sex dolls, worth around 25 thousand euros in total, from the showroom of exclusive sex shop MyTenga in Breda last week. “They only left the couches”, shop owner Niels van der Voort said to Omroep Brabant. “All the dolls are gone. Even the old kettle and the…

Dutch woman murdered in Mexico, partner suspected

   SAFFA   September 7, 2017  No Comments

Dutch woman Olga Kluivers was stabbed to death in Mexico on Tuesday. Her Mexican boyfriend is suspected of the crime. He is on the run, NOS reports. Family members found the 60-year-old woman from Eibergen dead in her home. She owned a bar on the Pacific, in the town of Barra de…