Emigration is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon. Some leave their home country in search of a promising job, others are looking for love, others fleeing from the harsh climate, and the fourth, on the contrary, want to experience the journey. Emigration is calculated and forced, carefully prepared and spontaneous. Nevertheless, the majority of newly-baked immigrants have one thing in common — the confidence that they know exactly how to live in a new status. Travel blogger Catherine Vitovska shares the 10 most common misconceptions about immigration and talks about the personal experience of moving to Colombia.
One of the most common arguments in favor of emigration, especially from the Northern countries to the southern, is the fact that a friendlier climate is allegedly in itself solves many problems.
It is actually not always so rosy. First, in countries with hot climates people tend to be more relaxed, so you may need much more patience, time and effort than usual to resolve even the simplest of domestic issues. Second, find remote work from overseas is not easy, and quickly get a place without knowing the language is practically impossible (see myths # 2 and 3). Thirdly, the heat associated with electricity consumption growth. So, in Russia the cost of a kilowatt is one of the lowest in the world, and in the southern countries amount is quite noticeable can be even the use of air conditioning. Finally, often we just think that "winter and summer in one color" is great. Many expats in the South of the country say that after some time the heat tires them, and the same picture outside the window, bored. So people living in "tropical Paradise", often if the dream is not about the change of seasons, at least about a small rain or cool, cloudy day.
In some cases this is true, but do not forget that a job needs a permit and it's not always easy, it requires a good reason. Besides, if you are a lawyer, you learn probably will again, given the specifics of the legal framework of the country in which you arrived. The same applies to medical and other specialized skills.
For formal employment will require the homologation (recognition) of diploma, which is very expensive and may take time. Do not forget that in third world countries and not only tangible part of the labour market — "grey". If you expect to get illegal, remember the huge numbers of competitors that are willing to work for peanuts, and that even the official salaries for many specialties in foreign countries is not too high.
It will be enough if you decide to emigrate to an English-speaking country, you live on passive income or work remotely. But if you need a real job in your home country, be prepared for the fact that without knowledge of the local language at a good level to her would be impossible.
There will always be local competitors for whom the language is native. Yes, to learn the language in the environment is easier than in your own country, especially if you have the desire and motivation, but most often it takes years.
It all depends on where it is located and what is your house, what rear and what social and business connections you were able to form. While staying in the native country of the person is a full citizen and has the right to health, banking and other bonuses for residents, and for years of training and work they usually have formed a certain circle of friends with similar interests and attitude to life.
In a new place often have to build everything from scratch: to look for new acquaintances, friends, those who can count and those who can be trusted. This process takes a long time and does not always lead to positive results. This should be ready.
Oddly enough, but the popular motive of emigration is the desire to see the smiles and friendly people around. Of course, the smiling people are nicer harsh environment, however, one should not overestimate the importance of this factor.
Images of Asia, Latin America, Europe and even the United States are accompanied by stereotypes ever-smiling people, some truth in this. However, the stereotypes fail to mention that Asians are closed and reluctant to let into your life strangers and what fun the people of Latin America with a smile promise anything, and at the right time will disappear, and instead of smiling you will have to wait for the beeps turned off the phone. And even immigrants in the U.S. note that in some States the respect of outsiders very unfriendly.
Of course, life in a warm climate brings a number of nice bonuses: no need to buy expensive winter clothing and footwear, fresh vegetables and fruits all year round, cheap materials for construction. But it is important to remember about how you want to live in a new place.
If a certain standard of living are important for you, it will cost dearly. Few people want to live in a slum or next to dangerous contingent, and housing in good areas in high-quality homes with water and other amenities usually costs not as cheap as one might imagine.
Of course, a new medium useful for the child, and if from an early age to follow the rule of "one parent — one language" in multilingual families, it is possible to achieve good results. But language is only one of the factors, influencing the development and harmonious development of the personality.
Cultural code, stories, songs, folklore, which grow parents find it difficult to save in terms of a foreign environment, especially if parents are not so important. In addition, the attitude towards children and their upbringing and education in different countries differs significantly. For example, in many Western countries in the kindergartens the kids are asleep with your shoes, can drink a coke at lunch and very loud music starting from six months old. Another example: if in the European and other developed countries, there are many clubs for children, theatres, clubs and all that important when the child grows up and begins actively interested in the surrounding world, in third world countries such infrastructure is often missing. Little circles, children's ideas almost never happens. Children grow up with adults, watch adult TV shows, play with what you find, and overall their safety in many countries are easier. It is therefore important to understand how different countries coincide with your views on education, development and safety of the child.
This is true, but the risk to get in trouble in different countries are different. So, if in Europe and Asia relatively quiet, although there are incidents, in Latin America the security situation in some areas can be critical.
Of course, people get used to anything, and many do not see a problem to live with bars on the Windows, not to carry mobile phone and always have at least some a trifle to pay off the burglars. The other this situation is absolutely not satisfied, and expats prefer to build around a society of expatriates and people of a certain social circle, so as not to come into contact with crime. As a result, the immigrant is not assimiliate (admittedly, not all need it). But if the purpose of the exile is not in temporary residence in a distant country place at the annual employment contract, failure to assimilate leads to the fact that man remains a stranger in a foreign environment.
This, unfortunately, is not true for all. It is believed that the one who emigrated and not cleaning up their loose ends, can't the new location be realized in full force, so the energy will be spread on "here" and "there". But not burning bridges back is not always easy.
In the case of a contract with good wages it is often the case when a person becomes dependent on a comfortable existence and violates the data itself promises to leave after a year or re-renew the contract. If you have children, then start a new routine with kindergartens and schools, when to move becomes not so simple.
If the reason for emigration, marriage with a foreigner, you need to weigh the decision from the standpoint of each member of the family. And if a partner wants to leave their country? Does he know the language? Will he be able to find the work you do at home?
It is also important that stayed home. Are waiting for you there, is it possible to earn an income? Is there a place to live? Man gets used to everything. Having lived 10-20 years in a foreign country, to go back even if we have the desire and dissatisfaction a new life is not so simple.
The most obvious and most popular misconception. And although the phrase "do not confuse tourism with emigration" is familiar to almost all travelers, in pursuit of a dream people forget about this simple truth.
While on vacation or traveling it is easy to fall in love in almost any country, because the tourist is not working, and resting, enjoying nature and cultural heritage, eating in restaurants, rock climbs, rides in a taxi, exploring the underwater world, dancing in discos, getting enough sleep and can get every whim for the money.
Life (especially if you do not have a high passive income) is held in a different scenario. You have to find and rent an apartment, obtain insurance, to connect to the Internet, to find jobs, provide the possibility of obtaining necessary medical care, the paperwork and documents granting the right to stay in the country legally, and solve a variety of both small and serious issues that during the tourist trip the person is not facing.
In different countries to tackle the starter and institutional issues requires a different set of efforts, time and money, but they will definitely need. And here you can deal with the peculiarities of the mentality of the locals, the special regulations and the language barrier. And what seemed to be a plus during the holidays the resort, seem less in the process of organizing life in a new place.
The more you know about the place of his future residence, the more studied the mentality of the inhabitants, especially in the region and legal nuances, the easier it will be in the process of adaptation. The world is big, and the borders are gradually changing, and sometimes just disappear. Opportunities to live and be implemented, where comfortable and enjoyable, a lot, but don't do hasty conclusions. The more diverse will be gathered in preparation for the move information, the more chances that you will be able not to give in to difficulties and create their ideal world.
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