why do people immigrate to the u s

Here in the US, thereБs been a lot of talk recently on immigration. The debate is raging over President ObamaБs
that will grant up to 5 million undocumented immigrants protection from deportation. Naturally, this kind of boldness has created quite the ruckus, as his opponents insist he has gone too far. And outside of Washington DC, discussions over immigration are just as heated. Freedom of speech is one of the most important aspects of our constitution, and lively discourse is the only way to arrive at a thoughtful conclusion. But, how can we talk about these types of issues if we donБt have the facts? For this reason, letБs take a look at some of the reasons why different groups of people choose to immigrate. 1. б To escape past or future persecution based on race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan UNHCR/ Brian Sokol In most countries, and in the United States, families and individuals who meet this criteria may obtain refugee status or asylum. Now, hereБs the difference: refugees must secure their status prior to entering the country of choice, where as asylum seekers seek status upon arrival. A complex differentiation that causes a lot of confusion in the process to get people to safety. 2. б To escape conflict or violence In many countries, but not the United States, families and individuals who immigrate to escape conflicts like war and violence can be considered for refugee status or asylum. 3. б To find refuge after being displaced due to environmental factors Natural disasters, erosion, and other environmental factors caused by climate change are real threats that disproportionately affect people living in poverty.


In fact, Christian Aid reports that could be displaced in the next 50 years as the effects of climate change worsen. People who fit this description are dubbed climate Бrefugees,Б but the name does not necessarily imply they have, or can receive, refugee status. As this is a newer phenomenon, many countries are still trying to determine how to respond to this growing issue. 4. б To seek superior healthcare Imagine living in a country with limited access to healthcare when youБre suffering from serious health problems. Not fun. 5. б To escape poverty Perhaps the most commonly assumed reason for immigration. б 6. б To offer more opportunities to children Parents sometimes make the difficult decision to migrate so their children can benefit from things like superior education, and plentiful job opportunities. 7. б Family reunification Self explanatory, I think?


Mom and Dad, I miss you!! 8. б For educational purposes Shout out to all of the adventurous students. Some study abroad б to seek out better educational opportunities than are available in their own countries, while others simply want the thrill of living in an exciting, new place. 9. For jobs and business opportunities In some cases, people migrate with the knowledge or hope that more opportunities will be available to them in their particular field than at home. Others migrate after employment has already been offered to them. 10. б Marriage In todayБs globalized world, long-distance dating is all the rage. But, for couples ready to take the next step down the aisle, migrating to be together is the obvious choice (and a lot easier on the wallet. ) 11. б Just Бcus At Global Citizen, our office is full of Aussies and people from far more interesting places than the US (itБs just my opinion. ) Why they would abandon gorgeous beaches and cute little kangaroos is beyond me, but IБm sure they have their reasons. As we think about immigration, and how best to approach it, letБs try and remember that weБre talking about real people.


People who made a major decision to uproot their lives and start from scratch in a scary, new place. After all, isnБt making that human connection what being a Global Citizen is all about? Good salary for secure future. Actually salary is a major reason why people change jobs within the same country also. In India, government jobs are very attractive. (What is so special about jobs in public sector will make another big query! ) Some of my friends have moved to Dubai (UAE) as UAE offers tax-free salary and good salary package. Good living conditions and cleanliness. This answer was also given by other friends in this thread. One of my close friends in Egypt is actively seeking job elsewhere as he is worried about the political conditions in Egypt. Likewise, there are many people who like to move to west or safe countries like Malaysia, Singapore etc. In Dubai also, living conditions are very good and transport is great with metro etc. Education. This is a major factor! In my own case, I preferred to do my doctorate degree in USA and chose a great guide also in control engineering. As most of us like our children to get best education, we may plan to immigrate to countries in west which excel in education with top-ranked Universities, eminent faculty, nice infrastructure etc.


Political Reasons. There are many people in countries which are affected by war or terorr-groups to move to safe countries. As safety comes first, immigration is a top choice for the well-qualified people in these countries. Relatives / Friends. Once some of our close relatives and friends immigrate and settle in a country, they invite others also (to get company) and promote the family / friendship interests. Researchers invite their former colleagues to immigrate as collaboration may be easier, etc. After my uncle first immigrated to USA (long ago), he invited many of us and now in a chain of events, many of my family members have immigrated to USA. Star Trek People. PThere are also some adventurous people, who like to immigrate and settle in new countries to learn new culture, new civilization, may be, find new soul-mate also! In Star Trek language (I am very fond of Captain James Kirk, Spock TV episodes / movies also) - to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

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