There are many reasons why people leave their countries of birth and start life in different countries. Recently, Canada welcomed many immigrants from Syria who were forced out of their country. As I write this, as many as 10,000 immigrants have already set foot in Canada and are now settling into new homes and starting new lives. Some will call Toronto home and others will settle in other parts of the country.
Starting life in a new country is full of challenges. I have lived in three countries and here are three of the many the challenges I encountered and ones I think new immigrants will likely encounter in Canada.
- LANGUAGE: – Many immigrants who come to Canada already know English, French or both languages. Knowing either of these languages simplifies communication with more people and allows for faster adjustment. There may still be challenges communicating in either language due to differences in accents. There are also many cases where immigrants don’t know English or French and have to start out by learning the language. This is one of the biggest challenges that must be overcome by immigrants coming to Canada. Being a multi cultural country, there are some exceptions to leaning language.
- CULTURE:-Immigrants have to learn a new culture. This often requires one to be open minded, willing to learn and adapt. However many people don’t easily accept change or are unwilling to adapt. In such cases, the experience of living in Canada can be very stressful and full of regret. Culture change is another of the challenges that immigrants must face.
- WEATHER:- Canada experiences many weather conditions marked by four seasons namely winter, spring, summer and fall. Winter weather is often very cold and summer can be very hot. Depending on where immigrants come from, Canadian weather conditions can be very challenging and not easy to get used to.
Overall, Canada is a safe and good country to live in. Here are some suggestions to overcoming challenges.
- Keep an open mind, be willing to learn and love the country that has welcomed you.
- Get along with people and adapt to the new culture.
- Find an activity to keep you busy through all the weather changes for example learn how to skate or ski. Winter can be fun!