Emigrating To Find Work
While it is a well known fact that many people migrate to richer countries in order to find work and a higher standard of living, there is, in truth, a significant exodus from certain more developed nations as people seek more fulfilling work in other parts of the world.
One reason for this is the growth in countries such as China, India, Brazil and others that have brought more jobs, particularly in skilled positions that have “Westerners” prepared to leave their homelands.
This is essentially a reverse of the ‘brain drain’ effect usually seen in less developed countries where skilled workers move to higher paying regions.
Of course there is also a lot of movement between rich countries with Americans heading to Britain, Germans moving to France, Australians ending up in America, and every other perceivable combination.
When emigrating to another country for work reasons, it is important that you know the rules for that country. While there is freedom of movement among EU states, places such as America and Australia have visa systems as do developing countries (although they tend to be less strict).
Make sure that you prepare many months in advance – just upping sticks and catching a flight to another country is not the way to go about things. If you can line up some job interviews before you leave then that will benefit you greatly.
Also try and get some sort of accommodation sorted before you go as you don’t want to end up living in a hotel or B&B, wasting money while you look for a more permanent solution.
And whatever you do, never overstay your welcome: if your visa is only for 3 years then either leave at the end of this period or apply for an extension – don’t just stay and hope that you don’t get into trouble.
Finally, familiarise yourself with the employment laws of the country you wish to move to; places like the UK have a minimum wage while others have laws on the number of hours worked so check any contract you get to ensure you are being treated fairly.