Last week we looked at why someone (or a family) would leave their country and move to another part of the world. There are many reasons. This week we are looking at real world examples.
This example comes to mind almost immediately, as it is often in the news. People are fleeing continued conflict in this country and heading to Europe (mainly) in search of something better. Some of the things they may be searching for:
- A home
- A job
- An education for their children
- A better quality of life
All valid reasons. But the journey to Europe is long, costly and above all dangerous. When they arrive on European soil, the journey has often just begun.
People flee this area to escape the following:
- Religious/ethnic persecution
- Terrorist activities
- A lack of opportunities for jobs
- To find a job to enable them to send money home to feed and help the rest of their family.
They too have a long journey ahead of them and it is often more challenging than they anticipate.
People leave this area in search of:
- Better jobs with a better salary
- A higher quality and standard of living
- Further education
Again these people find that it is often harder when they arrive than they anticipated. They did not get rose coloured glasses. The problem is that the countries look good on the outside. When you arrive you see for yourself the struggles the ordinary people are going through that you yourself did not think about.
We look at richer countries and think they have it easier when in fact the challenges they face are different to ours and equally make their lives more complex. In a modern world with so many gadgets and devices to make our lives easier, some actually make it more difficult.
On the flipside, some people leave richer countries to come to poorer countries because
- They want a simpler life
- They are escaping persecution
- They want a change
- They move for a job
All these reasons are acceptable and valid, there may be others too.
Unfortunately, when arriving in a new country people have to find basic needs – food, shelter and money – yes money. Money is needed to pay for food, shelter and moving around the new city/country. Their body and mind are in a culture shock.
Whether you like it or not the city/country you lived in before has ingrained certain traits and expectations upon you – this is environmental and social stereotyping. You are biased towards certain things based on your experiences.
Now they have to adjust to new times, new social situations, new job requirements, new expectations on themselves!
So if someone is new in your neighbourhood think about how they must feel and give them a smile! You will feel good too, I promise 😉
Next week we shall explore what happens to the countries when they lose people and on the other side, gain people.