Fears of immigration: 8 stereotypes that prevent you from moving to another country
“It seems that moving abroad is a pipe dream, available only to the rich and successful. But emigration is often hampered by stereotypical fears. Don't have money or don't know the language? Your problems are not unique, but a solution has already been invented for them. It is up to you to continue to be afraid or to leave your comfort zone, ”the author writes. blog "Club of Immigrants" on Yandex.Zen. Next - from the first person.
The language barrier. Moving without knowing the local language is a risky move. Renting an apartment, looking for a job and even going to the store are simply impossible without minimal knowledge. But if you still do not know a foreign language, then this is a problem of time and desire. To begin with, it will be enough to sign up for language courses, watch original films and communicate with foreigners on social networks. Focus on practicality. Think about the situations in which you need language, imagine dialogues with a colleague, salesperson, landlord or friend. And the most important thing is to constantly apply the knowledge gained.
Fear of a different culture. Watching life in the country on the Internet or coming as a tourist, people see only, so to speak, the tip of the iceberg - national cuisine, costumes, music, dances. Culture includes moral standards, approach to problem solving, and relationships in society. It may seem to you that this fear is not justified and you should not worry about it. But after living a few weeks in a new environment, you can experience culture shock. Therefore, it is very important to mentally prepare for life in another country: watch videos of bloggers, chat with fellow immigrants on forums and read stories of moving. People who have gone through the path of immigration can help avoid mistakes and talk about the realities of life.
Money issue. Without money, really, nowhere. Even with an education grant or employment contract, investment will be required. But what if all the costs of the move are paid off with the first salary, or you get a diploma that will open many doors? We need to weigh whether the costs will be justified. Include in the budget all the little things from translation of documents to paying for parking. Once you figure out the amount, calculate how long it will take you to earn to move.
Lack of work. It is really difficult for a foreigner to find an employer. After all, it is much more profitable to take a local who does not need to draw up unnecessary documents. But good specialists are needed everywhere, so you should not despair. Some companies are generally looking for Russian speakers. See how much your profession is in demand, what are the requirements for candidates and how much you can actually earn. Do not forget that it is never too late to study, and for the sake of moving, you can master a new specialty.
Fear of loneliness. Well, when the whole family moves, but what should one person do? Evenings are all alone, lack of communication, and friendship with foreigners does not work out - all this is causing depression. The solution is to try to live in another city without relatives and friends. Another option is to communicate with compatriots. Believe me, there are many Russian speakers abroad who are also looking for a company.
The difficult process of paperwork. A residence permit is not at all easy to get - you need a good reason and a huge package of papers. If one document is missing, then the issue will be refused. As a result, time and money were lost. But, in fact, it is not as scary as described. They just don't refuse anyone. Not sure where to start? Write to the embassy - there you will be consulted and given a list of documents for free.
Age. If you think that it is too late or too early to immigrate, then you are mistaken. No country puts forward age restrictions, which means that everyone has a chance. Just graduated from high school? Why not go to a foreign university. Retired already? A summer cottage can be exchanged for a small house in Bulgaria or Croatia.
Fear of xenophobia. Of course, it is not very pleasant to feel like a stranger in the country. Moreover, when local residents are negatively opposed to foreigners. First, do not be afraid of sidelong glances. Unless you move to Africa, it is unlikely that a local can understand that by your appearance you are a foreigner. Secondly, there are intolerant people in any country.
You can start preparing for your move today. Until you take action, your dreams will not come true, and your fears will remain with you.
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