Immigration is the act of entering a country with the intention of permanently living and working there. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) asserts there are more than 200-million migrants around the world today. Europe hosts the largest number of immigrants, with 70.6 million people as at 2005, the latest year for which figures are available. North America with over 45.1 million immigrants is second, followed by Asia, which hosts nearly 25.3 million. Most of today’s migrant workers come from Asia.
A 2009 survey by Gallup found roughly 700 million adults would like to migrate to another country permanently if they had the chance.Nearly one-quarter (24%) of these respondents, which translates to more than 165 million adults worldwide, named the United States as their desired future residence, while an additional 6.5% of respondents, representing an estimated 45 million, chose Canada. The other top desired destination countries (those where an estimated 25 million or more adults would like to go) were predominantly European. A percentage of respondents representing forty-five million adults named the United Kingdom or France as their desired destination, followed in order of preference by Spain, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
If you ask anybody who has relocated abroad, he or she will most certainly tell you that it is a life changing experience and one of the most challenging things he or she has ever done. Perhaps you are not certain what benefits you can reap from relocating to a foreign country. Here are only a few:
- the opportunity to earn and save money
- the chance to get a better quality of life and offer more opportunities to your family
- the provision of an international dimension to your intellectual and career development
- the deeper awareness of the values and way of life of your own country, your own place in that country, and its place in the world
There are many factors to be considered when choosing where to relocate. You should think about the following questions when deciding where to move whether you are alone or with your family:
- What is the language of the country you are interested in?
- Are you willing to learn a new language?
- Do you meet the requirements to relocate to the destination of your choice?
- Do you have the qualifications, experience and skills to be employed in the country of your choice?
- How long you have to wait to wait before I go abroad and how difficult will it be to get a visa?
- Will the advantages (finances, experience…) outweigh any disadvantage (loneliness..etc)?
- Can you face leaving behind family and friends?
- Are you ready to start over in a new location?
- Will cultural shock be a problem?
Depending on the destination, between $800 (+ $200 for each dependant) and $1000 (+ $200 for each dependant)
- Comprehensive information on your destination
- Evaluation of your chances
- Communication with institutions / embassies on your behalf
- Guidance and support with your visa / resident permit application
- Help with your air travel arrangement and foreign currency exchange
- Pre-departure orientation, on arrival service and guidance to find accommodation
Bachelor degree holder with at least 1 year experience in certain fields
Only the destinations listed below are currently available