Yikes! Did I say the word “politics?” Isn’t that what we are all hoping to escape when we move abroad? Politics at work, politics in the country, politics in your local city or town. Get me out of here!
Well, we all know we need politics to govern any institution or entity. The important message here is that they exist no matter where you go throughout the world.
They also will affect your stay no matter where you live. Keep in mind that the governmental agencies in the country you will live in decide whether to allow you to come into their country. They make the laws that govern who can come to visit, who can come to stay, and all the requirements you will need to meet to do that. It is important to be respectful of those laws and requirements.
Dealing with corruption
That being said, let’s delve a little further into the subject of politics. And what we discover is that corruption can play a big part in the governing of any entity or country. And corruption exists at many levels.
As an expat, you will stand out in whatever country you visit. You are a foreigner and there will
be those who will try to take advantage of that, not only some people from that country but also some of your own fellow expats.
Yes, that is ugly, but it is true. I warn you to take off the rose-colored glasses.
I am not saying these things to be a fear-monger. No, not at all. I am bringing up this subject to make you aware of some downfalls of being a foreigner in another country. I am going to make a few suggestions that should help you from becoming a victim.
- First, it is always a good idea to Google the crime rates in any country you are considering moving to. Comparing them with the U.S. might give you a good idea of where they stand. Numbeo is an excellent source of that information.
- Second, please take a little time to read up on the political system in the country you are planning to move to. Try to at least have some knowledge of that system. Do they follow a more democratic platform? Are they governed in a socialistic or capitalistic manner? You will see the differences in your daily living and having some knowledge of how it works will help you through your encounters with government agencies when applying for a visa or other necessary governmental documents.
- Finally, try to connect and stay connected with other expats in your area. Many expats now connect on
Facebook exchanges, but there are usually other groups that live in the same area.
Sometimes it might be just meeting at a local pub, but that’s fine too. And then, at TCI, we are always here for you.
As I have said often, moving abroad is a major game-changer.
Everything you do will be different. If you enjoy a challenge and can embrace other cultures, it will be one of the most incredible experiences of your life.
Want to share your thoughts and experiences in the political realm? We want to hear from you.
by: Eileen Brill-Wagner