SEVEN TIPS FOR PARENTS TRYING TO SETTLE IN FOREIGN COUNTRY
People trying to migrate from under developed country to advanced nation has been on going since long. And this is in search of better opportunity and quality of life or unfavourable living condition in the country due to different circumstances like political crisis and natural disasters.
Sometimes it becomes a hot topic if the number of these people become sizeable. And unnoticeable when we talk about just a single person or a small family. Myself being an Asian origin who migrated to Europe many years before in search of better future,would like to share my experience with other parents as seven main things to remember before planning to settle and after in foreign country. And here i am focusing especially to those people who are with small children to raise.
(1) Better Planning :-
If your migrating plan is not in emergency and you are trying to move abroad for a better future, then you should know very well that you are going to live in a totally new country which has different language, culture and society. Prepare your finance so that you can support yourself for sometime before you find a way to sustain in that country. Linguistic barrier is the biggest obstacle for anybody in foreign country. When it comes to getting integrated in the new society, career building process and official documentation works, it becomes really frustrating. It is wise to move to a country where you feel comfortable with the language. English is known as an International language. But there is nothing one can do if the second person doesn’t want to speak in English even if He/She knows.
- Make research about that country’s political and financial stability.
- Make some research about the opportunities for sustainability once in that country.
- Learn some basic level of official language of that country.
- Make some research about the living costs,general rules and regulations, public transport system of the city you focus to settle ( for this you can use google map of that city ).
- Have second option ready. Make some research about the other countries that share the border with the country you are going to settle.
(2) Find some expats :-
It is smart move to get connected with some social group of expats in that country. You can take maximum advantage of most commonly used social media like face book. You can also try to find specific group of people who belong to the same country of origin as yours and have been living in that country for quite long. Take some information from these groups which will be of great help to settle in that new environment.
(3) Finding Accommodation :-
This will be your biggest challenge once you enter the country. At first, try to accommodate yourself in some cheap hostels or hotels. Since you are in advanced country, internet access won’t be that difficult. Most of the Cafe, Restaurants have free WiFi. And in some places you can even find Free Wave internet access in public places. So, be in touch with the groups you joined in social media and take some help from them to find an Apartment for your family.
- Continue to search online for the apartment. You can use the most commonly used our best friend Google and ask about the companies that work in this field.
- Never ever fall in the trap that you find in the internet which goes like this. ” I am abroad for couple of months or years. And I am in search of a good tenant to take care of my property. I will send you the key after i receive the payment of the deposit amount and the rent of first month and bla bla bla ” . There are lots of people who have fallen under these kinds of trap and have lost their money.
(4) Get registered :-
Have all your documents up to date and get registered with the local authority. Do not start to engage in any kind of job or business until you are fully authorised to do so. As i wrote above to be in touch with the social groups, try to find some friends who live in the same area. They can be of great help in case of official language problem while going to the Government departments to fulfil your applications.
(5) Get Socialised :-
Staying within the four walls of your apartment doesn’t bring anything to you in that new society. So get out of your comfort zone and meet with the people in your neighbourhood.
- Learn the local greetings and communicate with the people you meet on daily basis. Google translator can be of great help in this case. In the mean time try to find if there is any facility available for you to learn the official language and integration program free of cost.
- Participate in celebrations or any kind of function organised by the local society.
- Take your children to the local parks and let them meet with new friends. This will help them to understand the new society and develop their language skills.
- Make an inquiry if there is any Government supported program for child care allowance which can benefit your children to foster in that new environment.
(6) Finding career path :-
This might be the top priority for every body since you have moved abroad for better opportunity and life for your family. But i have kept it in the 6th place because without fulfilling the previous points, getting job placement is almost impossible.
- First and fore most you have to get your authorisation document that says you are eligible to engage in the local job market or any kind of business.
- It is wise to choose a career field you are experienced with. And also in the same category of your academic credentials. But, in order to sustain till you find a job according to your academic qualification, you can also start any job offer that comes to you. In the mean time be in touch with the family members back in the home country in order not to be stress free, be in touch with the local friends and seek help to find the correct job for you.
- Educate yourself about your rights as an employee and the facilities you are entitled with ( Insurance, medical care etc)
(7)Give back what you’ve learnt :- Last but not the least. You can play a role in creating the better world. Obviously you’ve experienced and learnt a lot till you reach to this point. There are help seekers every where like you were once. So always be ready to help the new comers and advise them.