Canada has a future
I came across several blogs recently written by new Canadians who use their blogs as a venue to share aspects of their lives in Canada. I was curious to know what these bloggers have in common, if anything. They have immigrated to Canada from different countries, they vary in age, and some have children, while others don’t. Why did they choose Canada? What was it about Canada that enticed these folks to want to go through the process of immigrating here?
As I said last month, immigrants are motivated go-getters who are ready to face the challenges of migrating to a new country and take risks in their desire for greater gains. They are looking for a better life, a better way.
I noticed that they do in fact share some common perspectives on Canada and the reasons to immigrate.
• They all were dreaming of a better life in Canada.
• They didn’t move to Canada because it would be the best option for their careers, nor did they choose Canada solely because of career opportunities. Work is just one part of their lives. There was much more to their decision to migrate than jobs alone.
• They felt Canada was the right “fit” for them.
• Canada offers a peaceful and open society.
• Canadians believe in contributing to the greater good.
• Many were attracted to the freedom available to all who live in Canada.
• It is a multicultural country; so many newcomers feel they finally belong somewhere.
• In some cases, they had to make some sacrifices for their future and the future of their children.
None of these bloggers write extensively about their work. They write about all the other aspects of their lives in Canada, which are rich in new discoveries and experiences and friendships. And all the quality things that make a life a good life. Most chose Canada because they had an overwhelming sense that the country’s values match their own.
For example, Zhu says on her blog: “Canadians are more balanced. Sure, there are serious issues here, it’s not like the country is perfect. But people tend to trust each other and it looks like they want to make things work and live in harmony.”
Zhu also says, “Canada gave me a future, hope and the ability to choose the life I wanted. Little by little, the jigsaw fell into place. Today, I can’t really imagine what would have been my life if I had stayed in France. Maybe better, maybe worse, who knows. But I’m glad I took a chance.”
Here is a list of the blogs that you could call immigration “success stories”. These new Canadians have blogs to share both their immigration experience and their new lives in Canada. If you have an immigration success story, or a blog, or you read a blog on this topic, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.
Zhu (as she is known on her blog) immigrated to Canada from France and is now an English-to-French translator. She is also a photographer and world traveller. Zhu says, “Not all countries give immigrants the option of becoming a citizen of their adoptive country. I appreciate the fact Canada does. I didn’t want to be an expat or a foreign worker forever – I wanted to belong somewhere, to have a real status in Canada. I have the right to vote and to participate fully in this country’s life. I’m proud of the fact that I have a second home, a second identity and a second passport.”
Zhu has published 10 interviews with 10 different immigrants about their experiences coming to Canada.
This blog is written by a young couple from France (who lived for a while in Ireland before coming to Canada). They love ice hockey and their happy new life in Montreal. They have accomplished their dream to live in Canada.
A family from Argentina immigrated to Canada in search of a better future for the whole family. Gabriel, husband and father, says, “My wife knew that it had been always my dream to get to know Canada.” He had a tough time finding work at first, but he had decided he was willing to start all over again in the name of his kids’ future.
Priyank Thatte was born in Dombivli, India. He pursued an MBA in Toronto at the Schulich School of Business and then decided to work in the public sector, for the greater good. He says he is happily employed at the Ministry of Community and Social Services for the Government of Ontario. He’s an engaging writer and a wonderful photographer and shares his visions of Toronto with the world.