Pak­ista­nis liv­ing abroad

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - ANUM TARIQ

Peo­ple think that liv­ing abroad could be a tempt­ing op­por­tu­nity and could be a use­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. How­ever, liv­ing in a for­eign coun­try can be an ex­pe­ri­ence both ex­hil­a­rat­ing and daunt­ing. The life of a mid­dle class Pak­istani im­mi­grant over­seas is mis­un­der­stood by both the peo­ple in the im­mi­grant’s home­land and the peo­ple in the coun­try to which the im­mi­grant has mi­grated. There are a cou­ple of things that are im­me­di­ately dis­missed once it is men­tioned that the person is a Pak­istani liv­ing abroad.

It is of­ten for­got­ten that mov­ing abroad means start­ing over from scratch. Start­ing over from scratch may also ap­ply to one’s aca­demic and pro­fes­sional ca­reer, as the cri­te­rion for ed­u­ca­tion equiv­a­lency is usu­ally un­fair. It takes years for a Pak­istani pro­fes­sional to get a job and salary that his/her pro­fes­sion de­serves, in a for­eign coun­try. For in­stance, a civil en­gi­neer may end up driv­ing a taxi for seven years in or­der to ac­cu­mu­late enough money.

Peo­ple work hand-in-hand on the is­sue of re­lo­ca­tion. The life away from home is very tough. Liv­ing far away from the loved ones may put you down too. Keep­ing th­ese points in your mind, will you still want to live abroad? Think again! —Rawalpindi

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