Recently I got the chance to be enlightened by a few friends on how generous the mighty Dutch welfare system is to the people and how “fortunate” people are benefiting on such generous welfare structure. Without further blathering, here is the real deal:
Deal 1: Apparently if you reside in the Netherlands (a resident, not necessarily a citizen) and work for an under-paid job (by Dutch standard, 1000euro/month is considered under-paid), and you also happen to live in an “over-paid” apartment/house (let’s say the monthly rent is 400euro/month), you are then eligible to apply for the national rental subsidy, which the government would spare you hundred something cash every month into your little pocket. By the way, just saying, the Dutch government already has this super cheap welfare housing in every municipality for the “less fortunate”.
Deal 2: If you are registered as a student in the Netherlands (for Dutch citizen only), you would receive a monthly pocket money from the government for at least 4 years plus free traveling of the Dutch public transportation system (the expensive bus and train are all free!). But the rate of pocket money is different, judging from if you still live with your parents or not. Obviously if you are registered to live away from your parents you’d receive 250euro/month, if not you would only get 90euro/month. As far as I know, most Dutch students still stick to their parents through most of their twenties, while “living” in a different place close to their school.
Deal 3: If you reach 18 and become a university student (not only Dutch but for all EU citizen) in Holland, you could immediately request a student loan from the government (if you think your 300euro/month subsidy couldn’t sustain a student life with 1000euro/year tuition). Let’s say a pothead who just reached 18 claim 600 euro/month from the loan. Even if his parents came to the tax office and told them his son is a no good pothead and can never repay his student loan, the loan is most likely to be granted, for the age 18 is the legal age for individual to bear their responsibilities fully. The fun part here is that if that pothead miraculously does finish his degree, but he can’t find a decent job within the four years after graduate, the government would send a guy to check the situation and would deem the dude incapable of bearing the financial burden and therefore cancel all the student loan debt he took during his university period. Isn’t that sweet? By the way, I have written an article previously talking about such case in detail.
It’s hilarious that how the Dutch welfare system treats people like they are very honest, pure, and vulnerable to money issues. But unfortunately I have known too many evil doers who are simply just sitting on this system and get money for nothing. There was a story of a dude from South America who basically came to Holland to live and study, without paying even a dime, and making a considerable monthly income upon his idleness! The only trick is, he got hooked with a true love of Dutch origin. That reminds me that sometime ago I met this Dutch cop. The guy actually only does one thing: to find out who is taking money out of the government for such gimmicks. A little more information, most of his targets are those Moroccan immigrants.
Here is the thing, with such a generous welfare system, it’s a sin not to take advantage of it for the mortals. For all I know, old Dutch geezers are probably the only people who are stupid enough to stay clean of those welfare money. The young pothead kids do it, other EU people do it, immigrants do it. Well, I don’t think the amount of babies they produce every year could sustain such a giant money hole. Just wait till the money runs out.