Mohammed Abdul Jawad

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Migration for Livelihoods

Migration for LivelihoodsMigration

Ah, what if the whole globe becomes a nation and every person becomes a world citizen. But, every country has its own borders, set of protocols, rules and restrictions.

Perhaps, it’s because for the sake of livelihoods, people move around, travel afar places and settle down, or work and live as expatriates in alien countries and many leave their native lands on genuine immigration. And then, there remains untold tales of those who had fled their countries and risked their lives by traversing unsafe journeys and crossing borders as illegal migrants.

Oftentimes, jobseekers are smart enough—they simply intend to travel, as tourists, to the country of their dreams. Once they reach, they escape the law and hunt out for appropriate jobs. If nothing works, they make up their minds to do menial jobs for plausible wages. At the end, they are all undocumented workers, and for them to become lawful citizens is a lengthy, not so easy process.

In some European countries, as commonly rumoured, if you overstay continuously for more than four years, there are chances of getting citizenship of that country. Sounds good...well, many illegal migrants, from different countries, after considerable stay have become Germans, Hollanders, Italians or Swedish citizens.

On the other hand, finding options for immigrating to different countries, on a permanent basis, is always a puzzling process. Some, by their efforts, skills, earnings and backgrounds, accomplish their dreams and prosper, and some face sheer rejection on poor ratings.

When getting work visas becomes tougher, people try diabolic ways to travel abroad as tourists and only to become as undocumented, illegal workers. It’s harsh upon them when violations get noticed. The outcome: it’s either penalty or imprisonment and finally deportation.

But, those who dare to stay on and make meaningful livelihoods harbor hopes to legalize themselves. Imagine a person who overstays on his visitor visa, finds a good job and after a length of three-and-half years, desperately files his case to attain permanent residency.

If the justification is favourable, then it’s well and good; otherwise, it would be mandatory for him to return to his homeland. It’s simple after all—either he will be a winner or loser.
Of course, when good, prosperous nations become restricted with their own policies, then there are many countries in the world, with their liberal immigration policies, and some even cordially accept exodus of helpless refugees and asylum seekers who are in dismal need of safety, opportunities and prosperity.

The truth is that anywhere, anytime immigration propels a country’s economy and growth. With diverse cultures, languages and collective contributions, such a country becomes more progressive and vibrant.

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Jerry Fletcher

4 years ago #5

Mohammed, Yes, all of us seek a home. Those that do not are doomed to wander the earth, sadly, as strangers.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

4 years ago #4

Jerry Fletcher Yes, migration is no simple solution, with all complexities, hardships and risks. But, instead of living like expatriates in foreign countries and still remaining aliens even after decades of work life, it's better to look out for those countries that offer work opportunities, ways to settle down on permanent basis and eventually bestows citizenship, after considerable stay.

Jerry Fletcher

4 years ago #3

Mohammed, Moving from one country to another regardless of the reason has always been a problem for the individuals involved as well as the countries. Somewhen the tribal view of ownership got attached to land. Even tribal bands had some of this viewpoint claiming "ownership" of fishing or hunting rights in certain areas. It appears in every culture and is apparently a human trait. Logically it doesn't make sense but emotionally it is nothing but sensible.

Jerry Fletcher

4 years ago #2


Thornly, but humanly issue. Fdifficult lives may take uncalculated risks. Thanks

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