4 Reasons Not To Become An Immigrant

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Every immigrant has varied reasons and/or situations that pushed them to move to a totally new country. Migration has advantages and disadvantages. As an immigrant myself, I believe the latter surpasses the former.

What Does Moving Mean To You?

Second home comes in varied forms for every individual. It can be a town, a city, a house, or a country. The ones that we live when we opened our eyes for the first time in this world are what mostly considered as first homes.

When you move to a different house across the street, chances are, there’s not much difference in everything. Your neighbors are the same, the surroundings are the same, and there is absolutely no difference in the culture. In other words, you do not need to adjust in anything aside from the positioning of your bed in your room or the location of your kitchen from the living room.

Moving For The Better

Most people move from a town to another. This is something so common that I have observed over the past few years. Probably, there is something cool in the new town where they wanted to move to. One of the main reasons as well is job acquisition. Seems like everyone moves due to the shifting of work and career these days. Going where the money is, as they say.

In Western countries, the number of people and families who moved to other continent is very low. It is highly uncommon for a family from the US or Canada to immigrate to a country in Asia. I’ve seen some people who do it but they are single and traveling, and are doing it as leisure.

Over the past decade, there has been a surge in immigration to the Western and Middle East countries. United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and Germany are on the top of the list. It is known that these countries are developed, the reason why people tend to immigrate to due to its promising economic structure.

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First Home = First Loved

Your first home is your first love, there is no doubt to that. Where you’ve grown is the home that will forever linger in your being. That being said, moving to a country that you have never stepped in before is all about culture shock to a large extent.

Before I came to Canada, I was very positive that I will be able to adapt seamlessly. When I landed, I quickly realized that it isn’t the case and it will take me a whole lot longer of stay before I can say that I’ve already absorbed and got immune to my new environment and my second home.

Immigrant Adaptation

There are many reasons for a person to hardly adapt to a new surrounding. The physical aspect of adaptation is the first one that will immerse into oneself. Following is the mental state, where some people can be depressed from not being able to withstand the “culture shock storm”.

  • Weather

Weather is the top reason for immigrants to overcome with especially for someone from a very humid country moving to a country where most of the year is cold and can get extremely cold during winter time.

It was fall season when I first set my foot into this country. Moving from the Philippines to Canada is common for Filipinos but little did they know that the big difference in temperature is very hard to accept. It took me two winters before I can go out in -20 degrees Celsius or below without reminiscing the warm weather back home.

Seven years have gone by and I can finally say that I have totally adapted to the cold weather. I used to hate going out because I needed to wear 2 layers of uncomfortable pants. Now, I can quickly change and go out with no fuss wearing just a pair of comfortable pants and 2 layers of clothes plus a jacket.

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  • Food

I used to hear from an immigrant friend that she still can’t let a day pass without having rice in every meal. As for me, food was one of my struggles too. I got pregnant after a few months of my stay here. Nausea plus the “strange” food sickened me really good.

One thing that I noticed was, the food that I never eat in the Philippines had slowly become my favorite here in Canada. So strange yet so true. I never eat burgers back there. The smell disgusts me. Two years ago, I started eating it and liking it until I can have it every day. It has now become one of my cravings when I’m starving. Onion is part of the list as well. Before, I can tell right away that I have chewed a tiny piece of cooked onion. However today, I can eat a raw one with no problem.

  • Family

The loneliness from being away from your family is one of the hardest parts of migrating. Thanks to chats and video calls, they fill in some space of missing the whole family back home. I could not fathom the amount of lonesome hearts before these forms of communication was invented.

Migrating thousands of miles away from your first home also means missing all the important family occasions. Not being there on your siblings’ most important events and your parents’ birthdays is very hard for us migrants. This kind of absence has shed tears among thousands of immigrant.

  • Finance

So, you went and moved where the pasture is greener. What happens to your finances in the long run? This is a question that everyone planning on emigrating needs to consider. You’re looking for a better life, thus migrating. But, are you aware of the consequences in your financial status after spending a good amount of time in the new country? 

Immigrating also means restarting your finances. I know some families who earn a good amount of income in their home country yet struggling to make ends meet in the new country of residence. It is more like starting a whole new life, re-learning to balance everything which includes tangible and intangible aspects.

Are you considering to migrate to a country very far away from home? Think many times before deciding if becoming an immigrant is the best for you and your family.

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