Stories about our work

The stories

The story of Tiaan

‘Never stop chasing your dreams’ Tiaan Burger Fouché (26) is from South Africa and has been working in the Netherlands as an au pair…

The story of Manizha

‘I feel at home in the Netherlands’ Manizha Kodirova comes from Tajikistan. She came to the Netherlands for love, where the openness…

The story of Zelda

‘The Dutch planning culture is rather suffocating’ Zelda Euler is a senior researcher in the field of immunology at Janssen Vaccines and Prevention, a…

The story of Mansour

Mansour came to the Netherlands for love Mansour Karboub left his parents' home when he was 12. After many detours, the Moroccan…

The story of Geysa

Geysa became a Dutch citizen Geysa Heyer married a German engineer in her country of birth, Brazil, and together with him and…

The story of Eva

‘In Holland nothing stops me from being who I am’ In Iraq, being gay or transgender is considered a crime. Eva fled to Ukraine – but there she wasn…

The stories

The story of Frank

“I don’t like to wait and remain uncertain. So I do not want our applicants to have to go through this either.” Frank Warringa is portfolio manager at the Information Provision Department (IV) of the IND. In his…

The story of Hatice

IND brings people together Falling in love with someone living abroad often happens. Do you want to start living together in…

The story of Marleen

‘The appreciation of the British made the work enjoyable’ Marleen worked at the IND's Brexit team. On 29 March 2019, Brexit would formally begin. This…

The story of Arnold

‘A warm welcome’ Are you making a request for naturalisation? Then you will receive a decision well on time. The IND…

The story of Nienke

Crowning glory of stay If someone is naturalised, it often feels like the crowning glory of their stay. This is celebrated…

The story of Ronny

Conversion: ‘Religion isn’t always a free choice’ Going to church, reading the bible or saying you’re not religious: in the Netherlands it’s…