In the news you often hear stories about people emigrating from one country to another for one various reasons. Perhaps the other country has cheaper house prices; a health system paid for by the government or it just has better weather. The prospect of having a blank slate to start from is pretty tantalizing too. Here, we look at exactly how you can do that, as it isn’t a straightforward process.
Ok, so what are we looking at?
Australia is one of the more popular destinations. Its diverse climates and terrain offer more flexibility in its options than most other places. In 2013-2014 alone, Australia welcomed 190,000 new and families. Some were immigrants displaced by war, others were brought in by special request by companies that had skill shortages and the rest were ordinary families seeking a new life.
Before you consider emigrating, make sure to do your research, look into areas like:
1 – Is there diversity? Most modern countries have people from all corners of the globe. Have a look at the population index of whichever country you’re thinking about moving to.
2 – What’s the GDP per capita of the country? In non-economist terms, that basically means what is the economic state of the country. GDP, gross domestic product, is a measure of everything a country produces and the ‘per captia’ means per person. For the UK, it’s about £25,370 per person. In a country like Australia, it’s £29,294 per person, meaning that jobs typically pay more than they do in the UK.
3 – Check for skills shortages. No matter how strong a country’s economy is, there will always be skill shortages. If you can fill a gap by being a trained and experienced engineer, you can effectively emigrate into a guaranteed and well paid job.
4 – Check the pay of your chosen job. Even if there is no skill shortage to fill, jobs worldwide will pay differently no matter which one you choose to do. Looking at Australia again, the average pay for a teacher is $5000 a month (or £2,579.43).
5 – If you have the capital to be an investor, check there are ample opportunities to do so.
6 – Is housing affordable? Different lands have different rules. As a rule of thumb, more people plus less land equals higher prices.
7 – Will it be a comfortable environment to live in? Someone who is used to the chilly highlands of Scotland may find it harder to adjust to an average minimum temperature of twenty five degrees Celsius on an average summer day somewhere hot.
8 – What’s the national language? Even if you have a PHD in a widely demanded profession, having a different language to learn can really make things incredibly difficult. English is one of the most widely spoken languages world-wide, but it would be arrogant to think that everyone speaks it.
9 – What are the national sports? This is often overlooked but if you’ve been a fan of football at any point in your life, moving to a country that doesn’t recognise it as a sport can make you more homesick than you realise.
10 – What’s the society like? In the UK, we still have an antiquated class system. The poor hate the rich, the middle class hate the rich and the rich apparently hate everyone. Though it’s not an accurate portrayal of modern UK society, another society has its own quirks that are worth investigating, just in case you end up doing something that you find normal but which could make you a social pariah.
Assuming you have the idea of emigration set in your head you’ll need more than just a solid motivation.
Ok. What about getting a visa?
Getting a visa isn’t necessarily complicated but it is worth paying attention to. Looking at Australia again, it’s worth looking at The Emigration Group who specialize in moving to Australia or New Zealand. Considering they’ve been in business for over twenty two years, you can be sure that they’re the right kind of professionals you need for such an idea.
Emigrating to Australia has always been a desirable idea. Several people even cite having a Christmas beach barbeque as being a very enjoyable event. Considering how many people complain about the cold weather in the UK each time winter creeps up on us all, it would seem like a no brainer. Being more realistic though (as you should be when considering moving to another country), you’ll find that Australia has a lot offer.