“Most people I have come in contact with have somewhat of a warped concept of what immigration really is. Immigrants in a particular culture are known as the people who are taking jobs away from the local demographic. Immigrants are those who bring strange habits and weird ideologies to an established culture. Overall, there is a somewhat negative view on immigration, and a xenophobic attitude towards immigrants. However, I urge those who are somewhat hostile to immigrants, to consider for one moment what it is like to be an immigrant.
For a moment, consider what it would be like to abandon everything you have grown up to know as ‘normal’ or ‘cultural’. Take away your family, friends, and everything and everyone else you love and are used to having in your life. Think about how difficult it will be to arrive at a strange airport with only the clothes on your back and the money in your pocket, and now you have to establish a new life for yourself. Where do you go when you don’t know anyone? How do you restart your life from scratch after giving up everything you have worked for?
Don’t for a moment think people leave peaceful and prosperous countries and lifestyles behind. Majority of people leave a country where they feel threatened, harassed, or where they see no future for themselves or their offspring. In essence, they leave even though they do not want to.
These immigrants end up in a foreign country who is kind enough to accept them. Now the onus is on them to establish a life for themselves, make friends, and fine a job….It’s not easy…especially not if you are constantly told that you are taking someone’s jobs who has lived here their whole life.
As an immigrant I can tell you that the process of immigration, changing cultures, moving to a new and foreign country, having to make new friends, find a job, and redefine yourself has quite possibly been one of the most difficult things I have ever done and I won’t wish it on my worst enemy….but I won’t trade my experience for the world. Because in the end, you see the true face of humanity, both from your home country, and from your new home. “