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The Cure for Culture Shock

This article first appeared in Global Living Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015 http://globallivingmagazine.com/jan-feb-2015-issue-released/ If you are about to move to live in a new country, you may be wishing there was an inoculation against the dreaded, inevitable culture shock. Well, I have some news for you: culture shock is not inevitable and there is something you can do about it. In popular writing today, culture shock is most...

The blindness of expat privilege

“An expat is anyone who lives in a country outside their birthplace.” Right, so that would make South Asian ‘guest workers’ in Dubai expats, right? Well, no. Those guest workers are manual labourers who work for low wages. OK, so to be an expat you have live outside your passport country AND have a well-paying job. Well, that would make many immigrants expats but we wouldn’t call them expats because they plan on...

“May you live in interesting times” – Lagos and Eb...

The first stop for passengers streaming off flights into Lagos is now a lectern manned by a friendly young woman. She asked me to shift my hair so she could aim her hand-held thermometer at my forehead. She looked at the display, smiled and waved me off. That was the only difference I noticed on arriving at the airport. After weeks of reading the news about the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, I had expected something...

The truth about migration

Here is an amazing diagram that shows the number of people who changed their country of residence for the last 20 years and where they went: http://www.global-migration.info/ Contrary to popular belief: Global migration is not increasing: Every year between 1995 and 2010 approximately 0.6% of the world’s population changed their country of residence; Most outmigration is not from the poorest countries but rather from...
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