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Migration: 5 adjustment tips

 

posted by Focused on February 18, 2010 @ 10:25 am in TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

 

Migrating to a different country has been part of the human experience for millennia. Whether one leaves one’s homeland for a few years or forever, adjusting to life in a new country can be challenging. From homesickness to feelings of isolation, leaving one’s country behind can trigger a range of emotions. Here are some tips that will help a person deal with life in a new country.

 

1. Know why you are there

 

As with anything else in life, knowing why you are doing something (living somewhere in this case) provides enough perspective to prevent one from being overwhelmed by the situation. If you moved to a country whose environment you find unpleasant (bad weather, poor infrastructure etc), think about the reason for your moving there. Is it for a short-term work assignment? Is it for a business opportunity? Did you move there to join your spouse? Raising and answering this type of question will help you clear your head. Nothing beats a clear head if one wants to remain focused.

 

2. Learn the laws and abide by them

 

As obvious as it might seem to some, many people don’t take the time to learn about the laws of their new country of residence. Apart from sparing you unnecessary trouble, learning the laws is another way of knowing more about the country to which you moved. It will also solidify your status in that country. Remember that the country opened its doors to you, respecting the law is the smallest token of appreciation you can show.

 

3. Learn the language

 

If you move to a country whose official language is one that you don’t know, learning the language is a priority. The value of such a move is priceless. You will feel less isolated if you speak the local language as it will speed up the adaptation process.

 

4. Meet the local people and experience the culture

 

Meeting the local people allows you to get a feel for your new country of residence and its culture. After interacting with the local population and learning about their culture, the country might not seem as foreign to you as it used to. You will probably realize that, at the end of the day, people are people. You will always be able to find some similarities in others.

 

5. See it as a learning experience

 

Seeing a move abroad as a learning experience will allow you to make the most of your stay. Such an outlook will make you open to valuable discoveries. You can acquire valuable insight on many aspects of life that you can put to good use when you return home.

 

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