How Immigration affects people?

It is a common saying that after birth and marriage, immigration is the most important decision of life and is undoubtedly a life changing decision. The immigrant is not only required to leave their own country and its culture but is also distanced from their society and friends. They land in a country with a completely different culture, society and often find themselves into a religious minority.

Communication becomes a major issue as the primary language of the migrants, both written and spoken, is usually at variance with the language that is used in this foreign land. Making new friends and adjustment to new social environment and its etiquette thereby becomes a challenging task for some of them. However, visa requirement nowadays ensure that the applicants seeking migration must be fluent in English, which is the most widely used language in the world. This allows them to intermingle easily in a distant land and understand their culture in a better way.

Another important concern that makes the initial settlement phase even more challenging is to search for a suitable job. During my long practice as an immigration consultant, most of my clients have often been worried over one issue, i.e., how fast will they get a job? The simple answer is that you must not bother much about how fast you will get a job but how fast they can acquaint themselves with the cultural and social change around them. However, to get a good job the migrants need to upgrade their professional and educational qualifications, in line with the requirements of the Local labour market conditions.

Everything requires effort and time and that includes understanding and speaking the local language as also the social and work place etiquette. Many times weather conditions – either too cold or too hot – are extreme and opposite of the migrant’s homeland. Adjusting to these weather conditions can be a major problem for a handful of migrants, though most people do adjust to them within a few days.

In my personal opinion, homesickness remains the biggest challenge for the newly arriving immigrants. Sooner they get over with it, the earlier they can get with their life in the new country. Prior planning can be a good idea in this regard. Before their arrival in the foreign land, immigrants should make efforts to research the information agencies and settlement agencies that are established and run by Governments in their respective landing countries.

These agencies provide the new immigrants, information on social and professional networks.  They introduce them to the religious and community circle that will give them the comfort level of being at home. These small networks can be used to make “Local” friends. This is of prime importance to really succeed as an Immigrant. The biggest mistake that most immigrants make is that they limit their interaction to people belonging to their own religious, language and social ethnicity, already staying in the landing country.

While this is important, the fact is that migrants should also make friends among people and families who belong to the landing country. In context to a North American or pacific country, this will imply “White” or Anglo-Saxon communities. Interacting with them will ensure quick understanding of local language accents and dialects. This will also open doors for their progress in social circles and even success in professional endeavours.

Another noteworthy suggestion is that the immigrants should take steps to upgrade their educational and professional qualifications at the earliest possible. In fact, wherever necessary, they should take classes and courses in new streams, to gain advanced skills and have a competitive edge. The overall idea is that the learning and skills of the migrant should be in line with demand of the local job market of their respective landing country.


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