Migrating from the home country to another country is often a stressful process for many individuals, but if seen with a positive attitude, immigration plays a major role to invest the skills and talents of an individual in the right place. One of the main reasons for immigration is poverty, which is common in the third world countries such as the African and a few Asian countries . People are forced to leave home in search of good job opportunities that pay higher wages so that the economic condition of the families is improved. I want to migrate to one of the most economically strong countries of Europe, Germany, to develop my technical and intellectual skills that would help me find a career for myself. I have explained the future and the challenges faced by the immigrants in the host country. I have showcased the causes of immigration, the factors that drive a person to migrate, the process of migration and the lifestyle one might possess after migrating to a different country.
Egypt has been seeing a high rate of migration to other countries increasing over the past 10 years. Migration has been seen as the only option to get rid of the economic problems of the country such as unemployment, poverty and shortage of food . There are also various political factors that have resulted in the Egyptians migrating to other countries. The people are denied to express their feelings and beliefs. People believe that they are entitled to more rights as a foreigner in another country rather than a citizen of their own country . Disparity between the income levels of the unemployed poor and the emerging rich has led most of the Egyptians frustrated and forced them to migrate to different countries to start their career with a clean start. The increase in the inflation rate also has a major impact on migration . Though it is difficult to attain a good job in the global market with minimal skills, yet there are many aspirants flying to European countries in search of better living standard and great career opportunities out of which I am one.
I hail from a rural area near Nile in Egypt. The place I belong to has not many opportunities for my career growth. Egypt has a very high rate of unemployment and a low level of health care. It is very common to see people holding engineering degrees driving cars as taxi drivers. This is not what the youth wants to do. But the economic situation of the country has led to do so. Moreover, the wages that one can expect in the Egyptian job market are very low when compared to any other economy. Moreover, the skills taught to us in Egyptian schools are not up to the mark to gain an employment in the competitive global market . It is highly essential to obtain extra knowledge to catch up with the other job seekers. This is only possible if I migrate to such a country that allows me to grow both mentally and physically as an individual.
The reason I chose Germany as my destination is because most of the people of Germany are well-educated and enjoy a high standard of living . Globalization has changed the path of Germany and made the country one of the modern immigrant societies giving shelter to many migrants in spite of various cultural and ethical barriers. Germany is one such country that has constantly maintained the lowest unemployment rates in Europe for the past few years . The country is static at an unemployment rate of 5.3% in the year 2013 (World Bank Group). The statistics of Germany for the past seven years show that the unemployment toll in the country has never crossed 10% (World Bank Group). The country has introduced the apprenticeship scheme that offers dual degree of training and education. As a worker in Germany, I would find myself in a protective situation as the dismissal rate of employees in Germany is very less when compared to the United Kingdom and the United States. The employment hours are also less when compared to other countries. This gives me ample time to study technical courses and develop my career profile . In order to migrate to Germany, I need a valid passport and a valid visa which mentions the purpose of my stay in Germany. There are various kinds of visas the German government offers to the foreigners. I would apply for a job seeker visa in a German Embassy of my country. The job seeker visa gives me six months to search for a job. As soon as I reach Germany, I have to register myself with the local embassy and obtain a resident permit that mentions the address in which I am going to reside .
There are many voluntary organizations that would assist me in finding the right office. I would focus on the IT companies to achieve a job. I would like to avoid typical immigrant nations as the countries have strict rules and limited opportunities for foreigners. I have an engineering degree that is accepted worldwide. However, in order to qualify for the German job market, I need to translate all the credentials into German language. I would take the help of a certified translator to assist me in doing so. The employment wages are high in Germany and hence, the per capita income is also high . This would help me to make some savings for my family in Egypt. I can provide financial and economic support to my family. The country also employs a well-developed social security system that assists me in various situations such as ill health, accident insurance, unemployment insurance, pension fund and many others.
As soon as I step into Germany, I would enroll myself at the Embassy and apply for a residence permit. The Federal Employment Agency (BA) and the EURES network are the best places to hunt for a job in Germany. So, I would start my search from these agencies and if required, I would also seek extended help from International Placement Service (ZAV) . I have a basic knowledge of German. I would write an application to the employer stating why I am a desired candidate for the job and attend the interview on a successful note. I would choose to stay with a German family as a paying guest as it would help me in various ways. I get to learn the language and culture that would help me understand the country during my further stay in Germany.
There are several organizations in Germany that assist the foreigners in all kinds of situations. I would enroll myself in such organizations and attend the conferences and meeting conducted by the organizations from time to time . I am a social person who wants to interact, talk, laugh and spend time with people rather than sit in my room with doors closed. One of the positive feedbacks that I have received from the people who have migrated to Germany is that the Germans are very kind at heart. They are very friendly in nature . So, I expect to build a good friendship with the Germans as well as other nationalities during my stay in Germany. As I have decided to migrate to a country that follows a different religion than mine, it is my responsibility to respect their religion and at the same time maintain a balance between both the religions.
The relationship I would build up with Egypt is definitely important to me, to my family and to my country. I know my limitations and responsibilities as a responsible citizen. Therefore, I would never forget my birthplace. I would visit Egypt once or twice a year to take care of my parents. Once I am well-established in Germany, I would call my parents and family to spend a vacation as that would let them know about my success and make them feel proud of me. Instead of buying a property in Germany, I would spend the same amount to build up some space for the organization that I am going to set up in my hometown. I would fly high to achieve my goal and sacrifice myself for the happiness of my family who has given me the opportunity to grow in life. Though I want to migrate to Germany, I do not want to settle there forever, nor do I want to marry someone there. The main purpose of my migration to Germany is to attain good knowledge, skills and work experience that would in turn help me to set up a business in my hometown and give employment to qualified aspirants.
Finally I would conclude saying that the concept of immigration has brought a ray of hope in the lives of the people who have a poor socio-economic background. There are ample opportunities waiting abroad for skilled and talented job seekers and students . One must make a good use of these opportunities and develop their personality in such a way that their next generations can live a peaceful life with a better standard of living. However, the immigrants should also ensure that their talent is invested in their home country to develop the economic situation of the country so that people would not have the need to fly elsewhere for their lives.
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