Where Shall I Immigrate To?

I’ve summed up in this post couple of attractive destination to which people are immigrating to in the recent years. I tried to make it an easy reading text. Of course that a decision should be based on more firm grounds. If you have further thoughts about it, you are welcome to share!

Oceania

The land down under, a popular destination for backpackers who have finished high school and have no idea what they want further in life. For young people it’s a great opportunity to try their luck and apply for a working holiday visa. This kind of visa is usually for a few months, but can be prolonged.
For more mature people there are also plenty of (job) opportunities in Australia. Quite recently the Australian immigration service announced on new policies, which suppose to make it easier for foreign skilled workers to enter the country. These policies have been brought to life because of the skills deficit in Australia in areas such as, health care, construction, IT and education for example. In New Zealand you are also very welcome if you have certain skills.

Asia

If you have a business degree, you should definitely explore opportunities in the economic powerhouse of the 21st century. Businesses in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Japan are eager for western talents. You could easily apply in a local business establishment or directly in the Far East.
For people who are not interested in doing business there is also the accessible option to teach English in Asia. Native English speaker are preferred, but this is not always a requirement. A TEFL-certificate (teaching English as a foreign language) is an important requirement though.

Europe

You could also save yourself the trouble and move within the European Union. Due to the free movement act, all citizens of the European Union are allowed to travel, work and live freely within its borders. The only thing you might want to prepare beforehand is a Europass; a document which contains your education, work experience and skills in all European languages.

A popular destination within Europe which isn’t part of the European Union is Norway. The Norwegian economy is growing and there are enough jobs for technicians, (ship)builders, nurses and farmers. (interested? Visit the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration website.)

Canada

The prime minister of Canada has announced that they want to attract the best and most intelligent people to Canada in order to get their industry on the highest level ever. Since a lot of countries are amidst an economic crisis and the unemployment rates are very high, it’s the best time to attract talent.

But not just the exceptional worker could go to Canada, they are also eager for nurses, carpenters, plasterers, bricklayers and truck drivers.

What else?

If you really can’t choose, why can’t choose them all? you could always work on a cruise ship! 🙂 The wages aren’t high, but you hardly have the opportunity to spend it. You should however have to be able to stay away from home for a few months at a time, have nothing against small spaces and enjoy the company of the elderly and families.

So if you are planning to relocate, you can read my post Sum Up of Immigration Questions.

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International Removal: The Frugal Way

In this post I would like to give you my opinion on the removal of your old house’s items. It might be more relevant for people who move for a long period of time, but others might also find it useful. For other thoughts regarding the move, you are welcome to see my post about immigration questions.

Let me preface with that by default, most of the people will decide in an arbitrary manner to take everything with them to their new home. In most of the cases, the removal will require you to rent a whole container, so the more you fill it in, the more affordable it will become in your mind. I agree with this view in general. There is no reason not to ship your sofas, fridge, oven and etc. in case you have to rent a 40′ container or even 20′ container. Let Alone the other personal stuff like the huge CD’s collection collected over years.

Still, in some cases, your international removal of your entire house can be pricy, and you might find out that buying essential items in the destination might be a better idea. Take for example relocation to China. Did you know for instance that the prices of IKEA (maybe the best spot for newcomers looking for an all-in-one place) in China are ridiculously lower than in other parts of the world? My quick research found that same leather sofa which cost in Australia EUR 2100 cost EUR 1400 in Ikea China. Also, China has all the brands that you can find in other countries, in lower price range. Moving to China or another country with different prices ranges changes the picture.

So, with price comparison you can decide whether you would like to bring all of your old belongings with you. Or, the move is an opportunity to get brand new items, which can be moved back to the home country when you move back.

Having removed all the big items from your list, you might not need a container any more. This is perfectly normal, as a lot of removal companies offer you the possibility to share a space in a container. If you have 50-60 boxes, you obviously don’t need a whole 20’ container, but just 6-7 cubic meters (cbm). This can be a great saving for your moving budget. You should consult the prices with international removalists that can provide you a quote. Some of them have a minimal amount of shipping volume to allow this type of shipping (usually minimum 4-5cbm). Anyway, I have added a list of the containers available on the market today for you to compare.

The available containers on the market:

Container Size 10’ 20’ 40’
Volume in cubic meters 15.4 cbm 33.2 cbm 67 cbm

Note: the 10/20/40 relates to the size in Feet, the American measurement

Emigrating to Australia from Ireland – An Overview

Update March 2012: There is a change of the Australian visa policy. You might want to learn more about it where I wrote about the Australian immigration policy changes.

Irish people who wish to emigrate from Ireland to other countries, have a certain tendency to prefer English speaking countries over other countries around the world. The reason is quite obvious – the integration process is rapid whether it is work or school, the education of the children is more secure since children can join local schools.

Emigrating to Australia is quite popular in the recent years in Ireland. Besides being an English speaking country, the need for skilled workers, and the relatively convenient term for immigration (in comparison to the the USA), attracts people across Ireland and England.

According to the policy of the Australian government, you will be requested to have an employer (“sponsor”) that should request your arrival. This required a preliminary preparation in finding a contract  before arrival. Yet, if your education and skills is in the “Skill Occupation list” (SOL), you have the opportunity to acquire a visa in an easier process.

To check your condition more thoroughly, go through the Visa Wizard which provides better information on the needed documents before migrating to Australia.

An Irish man moving to Australia, will not find himself alone. Let alone that the Irish-Catholics are the biggest minority in Australia, but these include later generations which were not born in the Irish islands. From reading, around one thousand Irish people emigrate to Australia yearly.

The Irish people emigrated to the land down under have already established their own communities, newspaper and of course, some pubs! Obviously, the big cities such as Sydney or Melbourne are more dynamic in this sense, but some other communities might be found (Research for that before your decision, if it matters to you).

Of course, further reading is needed. If you wish to make your move to Australia, start with the aforementioned Visa Wizard to help you to find out what are your chances and opportunities. Good luck!