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Old 10-27-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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Is it my understanding that many more Afrikaners, when they move out of South Africa due to the security situation, the economy, move to the UK as well as the US and other developed Anglo countries much more than to the Netherlands or Flanders? If that's so, is it because Afrikaners haven't felt connected to Holland so much after the Cape was taken over by the British in the early 1800s, and in the meantime British rule led them to now forge a greater connection with England? I would think that Afrikaners would do quite well in Holland and so forth because the language is quite similar if not the same.

On sort of a related note, is there a substantial number of Afrikaners living in the Dutch Antilles (e.g. Curaçao or Aruba)?
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:44 AM
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I think most of the successful English-speaking countries are bigger in population and economy than the Netherlands and that means more economic opportunities. Also the fact that South Africa is basically an English-speaking nation (yes, I know about all the other official languages but from my understanding only one is used nationwide and that is English), so they are probably used to being in an English-speaking environment.

We also have to wonder how many of the Afrikaaners are also mixed with English ancestry, which would increase their attachment to England or English-speaking countries too.

In addition, with the exception of England (especially the London area) and Canada, most of the successful English-speaking countries have nicer year-round weather and beautiful natural scenery. Sometimes the whole country is like this and at other times its large regions of a country. This is more of a bonus considering everything else, but its one thing the Netherlands will never be able to compete with. lol

Lastly, cities in many English-speaking countries are simply nicer and much more exciting than any city in the Netherlands. This has to do in part due to size (there are some huge cities in the English-speaking world, some are so huge you can fit many Netherlands in them and that's just one city), but also because English-speaking cities tend to be much more attractive than cities in the Netherlands. If anyone ever tells you that Amsterdam is a beautiful city, rest assure that they are lying. Amsterdam is an interesting city, but beautiful is not how I would describe it; and I think this is one of the largest cities in the Netherlands.
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:33 PM
 
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Is it my understanding that many more Afrikaners, when they move out of South Africa due to the security situation, the economy, move to the UK as well as the US and other developed Anglo countries much more than to the Netherlands or Flanders? If that's so, is it because Afrikaners haven't felt connected to Holland so much after the Cape was taken over by the British in the early 1800s, and in the meantime British rule led them to now forge a greater connection with England? I would think that Afrikaners would do quite well in Holland and so forth because the language is quite similar if not the same.

On sort of a related note, is there a substantial number of Afrikaners living in the Dutch Antilles (e.g. Curaçao or Aruba)?
From my experience I've never met an Afrikaaner who can felt any connection to Holland. Heck I could be wrong though, I'll ask a few friends tomorrow and get you an official Afrikaaner response
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Old 10-27-2014, 04:00 PM
 
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In addition, with the exception of England (especially the London area) and Canada, most of the successful English-speaking countries have nicer year-round weather and beautiful natural scenery. Sometimes the whole country is like this and at other times its large regions of a country. This is more of a bonus considering everything else, but its one thing the Netherlands will never be able to compete with. lol
The UK, Canada, and the northern US don't have nice year-round weather but large parts do have beautiful natural scenery.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:47 PM
 
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Many Germans moved from Togo and Namibia (Ex Southwest Africa), to South Africa mainly for economic reasons.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:13 PM
 
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Most Afrikaner don't feel any connection with the Netherlands, ofcoz Afrikaners are a mix of various Western European nationalities including Greek. Australia is the most popular destination due to the similar climate as SA.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:33 AM
 
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Most Afrikaner don't feel any connection with the Netherlands, ofcoz Afrikaners are a mix of various Western European nationalities including Greek. Australia is the most popular destination due to the similar climate as SA.
Even less than francophone Quebeckers to France?
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Old 11-11-2014, 05:08 AM
 
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Most Afrikaner don't feel any connection with the Netherlands, ofcoz Afrikaners are a mix of various Western European nationalities including Greek. Australia is the most popular destination due to the similar climate as SA.
Except that to me moving to Australia is like moving to an English speaking version of Brakpan. Even the jokes would remain the same.
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Old 03-16-2018, 06:00 PM
 
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Even less than francophone Quebeckers to France?
But they have no strong incentive to emigrate. But Quebeckers don't move ti England, either.
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