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Why people relocate to other countries.

Updated on June 22, 2013

Most people will live their lives in the the one country and will never even consider moving abroad to live. However there are thousands of people who live in countries they were not born in. The reason for people being there do vary considerably, most of by choice but unfortunately others are not. When relocating to another country, people often think that language is a barrier however in reality, language is one of the least obstacles you have to deal with. There are a number of implications and well as good points about relocating to a foreign country.

See below for a list of reasons.

Reason for people moving abroad

  • Employment - Many companies are a part of global franchises that will always need to move their staff around to the various offices around the world. Employees will be asked to relocate for periods of 1-2 years in a new country for work. Naturally their families will relocation with them and they are usually offered and very comfortable packing with paid expenses and settling in money etc. In some cases people quit the job while they are still abroad and marry a local then decide to stay.
  • Family - If your own parents are immigrants they at some point in your life they may encourage you to go back to their own country for a better quality of life or to be better exposed in the family culture and language.
  • Spouse - Similar to the above, after marriage many people decide to live their new lives in one of either's country. Normally this will depend on what is best for their children education. A multicultural exposure may be better in most cases, such as a developed country, however some parents may want to shield their children away from any possible racism or discrimination.
  • Debt - There are many who leave the country simply to try to escape debt. This may work for the time you are outside your country however when you return you will have to deal with it and will probably have very bad credit so it is a good idea to pay off all debts and loans before leaving. It is not possible then arrange to make payments while you are in the new country.
  • Weather - There are many, especially in the UK who relocate to somewhere warmer around southern Europe since Visas are not necessary. Although this sounds like a good idea it is important to think about what your intentions are in the future in terms of employment. Sitting around on the beach in the sun all day is not going to pay bills. Also if you do relocate due to weather e.g. a holiday resort, make sure you learn lean the local language. That way you will be exposed to a wider range of job opportunities and not limited to hotel and bar type work.
  • As a refugee - Unfortunately there are many asylum seekers around the world whose own countries are far too dangerous to live. There are many countries who open their doors for Asylum seekers however in urgent situations when people flee to neighbouring countries their simply isn't enough room and condition can often end us even worse than before. FYI many Japanese fled to Brazil over the 2nd world war and mainly worked in the fields that is why there are so many Brazilian Japanese like Lyoto Machida.
  • Crime - Many criminals in the past have fled the country to live in other countries where they know they won't be extradited. This is becoming more difficult recently and the number of countries are very limited however some criminals will even settle for a poorer quality of life just to escape a prison sentence. In many case such as the "Great Train robbery" the criminals have gotten tired of hiding and have given up. Some countries even have a time limit in which the offender needs to be caught in. If they are not caught within that period then they are free.
  • Love - There are many that simply follow their hearts abroad. This is commonly the case when an international student studied in lets say the US or the UK. She may have been dating a local so once she graduates and her Visa expires, her boyfriend may follow her back to her own country. This is very common is Japan where it is very easy for native English speakers to get Visas doing jobs like teaching english.

Some of the issues

Even though some people are happy with their new lives in a foreign country, it may be important to think about life if you ever decide to go back home. Things like pensions and credit rating will be affected depending on how long you have lived abroad. Some countries won't pay out a pension unless you keep up to date with your pension payments in your country of birth. Some people find find it difficult to get loans / mortgages after been absent for so long.


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      Hezekiah 5 years ago from Japan

      Thank you.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Very informative Hub. I have not have the pleasure of traveling to many countries, but if I left the U.S. it would be for cheaper living and the weather. I don't know where I'd go except I do like Puerto Rico.

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      Hezekiah 5 years ago from Japan

      Life Iz Beutifull, thanks. I hope you adapt well to your new country.

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      Salini 5 years ago from India

      Very informative article. We ( my husband and myself) are planning to relocate abroad so the title of your article dragged me in here, and I am not complaining.

      Great hub...

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      Hezekiah 5 years ago from Japan

      Petenali, thanks for reminding me. That's another very important reason, religion. I don know make people who have relocated for that same reason.

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      Hezekiah 5 years ago from Japan

      Paul, thanks for the comment. Many people do a similar things in Japan, but for more of a comfortable standard of living they live outside the big city, near the mountains. There are are ESL/EFL jobs in the country/mountains too.

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      Pete 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I relocated with my wife, a year to the day after we were married. We moved from England to Canada. Our reason? God. We believed that He was leading us to work with a missions organization based in Ontario and we obedient to that leading. Was it easy? No and double no! It is hard to leave family and everything you know, even heading to another "western"culture. Do I regret it? No and triple no! We are fully settled in a place we firmly consider to be our "home" and have raised two sons here. 20 years later we wouldn't have changed our decision. I am most definitely a different person now than I would have been living in the UK culture and for me personally that is a good thing.

      Great hub...

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is a very useful well-written hub. As an older person, I have relocated to Thailand from the United States for five primary reasons: weather, employment opportunities, family, higher standard of living, and more enjoyable life. It is just about summer almost every month of the year. I am able to get a job teaching ESL/EFL which would require a Masters Degree in the States. My wife is Thai and it's much easier for her living here in Thailand than in the States. There is a lower standard of living here which makes my retirement income and salary from teaching go a lot further. Taxes are also much lower. It is said that America can be a heaven for young people and a hell for older people unless they are rich or can depend on family to support them. I believe it. Voted up and sharing.