Immigration to a new culture


It is possible to have a unique combination of courage, naivety, perseverance, and determination to move to a new homeland, but to immigrate and integrate into a new culture is much more difficult.

To relate one’s cultural identity to new roles, values, and beliefs is the first step in an unfamiliar society. However, interaction with people outside of work and ethnic group can help to adapt faster.

The stages of adaptation of an immigrant to life in a new country are associated with the first joy and relief, regret for the decision, stress and psychological symptoms of depression and anxiety, finally, with the adoption of changes, adjustment of personality and reorganization of behavior and feelings.

New identity

For many immigrants, success is directly related to their ability to adapt to the perception of their personality to a new cultural context. The beliefs, values, and customs of the former Fatherland make the initial adaptation and creation of a new cultural identity more difficult.

No matter how highly the immigrant values himself personally and professionally, he will still have to receive additional training, accumulate foreign experience, even force himself to work for the survival of the family. The awareness of novelty leads to a shift in the previous perception of the actions and expectations initiated by resettlement. Rethinking yourself in a new environment is the first step to adaptation.

To avoid isolation

Part of adaptation is connecting with new types of people. Human conservatism, the desire to hold on to the previous culture and traditions lead to the fact that the immigrant surrounds himself with a similar background. Wanting to remain in the areas of personal comfort, the immigrant unwittingly seeks to isolate himself from the dominant culture, perpetuates stereotypes of ethnic groups and receives the effect of a psychological bunker.

When newcomers live in ethnic bunkers, whether they are geographic or social, they separate themselves from the outside community and self-isolate. In a multicultural country, this is certainly not the right way to be a full member of the new national and civil society.

That is why many non-profit organizations support programs that encourage various associations to allow immigrants to interact with each other and other people. Leaving behind a closed zone of native comfort in a new country is half the journey and achievement in itself. But the end of adaptation will follow interpersonal interaction and human inclusion in other cultures.

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