Will You Leave Your Own Country for A Greener Pasture?

@mchavez11 (1406)
Philippines
September 16, 2008 10:25am CST
Money, dough, finances. We have all our own reasons, goals, desires why we work and earn money. In our country, most of the citizens tend to work overseas and leave the country and their families as well just to earn a decent amount of money and hopefully to migrate. How about you? Will you leave your motherland for a greener pasture?
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@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
16 Sep 08
For me, this is a question that I have a very straight forward answer and it takes me only moments to think of this answer. My answer would be YES! There are many reasons for this choice, and I will elaborate on this. Firstly, is the working conditions. The working conditions in my home country is very bad at the moment. Friends that I have, who have been working in my home country have told me that they sometimes work overtime but were not paid for their overtime. And they are expected to get to work at the same early hours as usual, even if they work overtime till late the previous night. I'm sure there are other countries that have better work conditions compared to my home country eg. that they have fixed times, workers remuneration etc. Secondly, the pay issue comes to mind. My home country's currency is one of the lowest in the exchange rate, and they pay super low compared to what you can get for your salary in other companies. While it is true that you need to look at the environment you are living in (eg. you are spending the money where you are living), but still overall the pay is so low that some people have to cut down on so many things just to make ends meet. Petrol, car, home loans, bills, children school fees and food are just a few expenditure items to think about, and the list goes longer, more often than not. Thirdly, promotion issues. In my home country, there are lots of news that promotions in certain companies are dictated more by flattery than work performace and skills. This has led to many people quitting, because they don't feel valued. I have relatives who have such experiences, and they have advised me against such office politics. I guess most other countries value the knowledge and skills more than my home country do. Yeah, so as you can see, my home country is not a very good place to work in. As I am studying overseas now (the country is shown in my profile, and my home country is not, so you will have to guess where my home country is), I plan to find a job in this overseas country and plan not to go back to my home country to work. At the very least, I will only go back to my home country after I accumulated a good sum of money; but my current plan is to migrate and live overseas.
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@mchavez11 (1406)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
Wow! Very profound and detailed answer. You made your strong point and yes I do agree with you because me, if i've given a chance to move I will but only in London or France. I like their socialized medicines there and free education as well.
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• Australia
16 Sep 08
Thanks for starting this topic in the first place; it allowed me to express my views on this matter and it also helped me outline the framework I have on this issue rather than just knowing "Oh OK, I will go/stay overseas" but never really think of the reasons. By the way, London and France are quite nice places, so even if you're to go there, it wouldn't be a bad choice. For me, I'm open to any country, just as long as they provide me with better working conditions than my home country!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
16 Sep 08
I have been doing that for the last three years actually! I am now living and working in my third country in a row away from home and within the next month or so will be heading off yet again to my fourth! It was not planned this way but it seems to be a domino effect for me. lol. Funny thing is that each job seems to get further and further away from Australia when all I wish to do is actually get closer! Oh well, sometimes opportunities come up that are too lucrative to ignore so off I go!
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@mchavez11 (1406)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
Wow good for you james. Good luck.
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@ruellm (145)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
If given a chance, then Yes why not? But i am not planning to be away for too long, Just enough to save money to invest in business.
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@mchavez11 (1406)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
Yah, I too will accept it. Though it depends on which country.
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
I will not, if for my own good only I will not but the thing is a lot of people depends on me and my hubby so we were thinking of going out in other countries to try our luck there
@Vladilyich1 (1454)
• Canada
18 Sep 08
I am about to in a couple of months. I'm an American, but I will be moving to Canada to retire and be with my wife (who is Canadian). They actually have services and public transportation there.
@hmkoct5 (2067)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I live in the US and I will never leave. This country has its problems, but it is still a wonderful place to live. You can live a pretty good living here and if you need help, the government has programs available to help. I don't think there is anywhere better to live.
• Canada
17 Sep 08
I am doing great in Canada, and I plan to stay here forever!! My husband, on the other hand, is an American, and wants to move up here to be with me, and because he thinks he can have a better life in Canada than he can in the USA. He is going to be here in October. I can't wait! Neither can he. We are both extremely excited.