10 things to pack when emigrating
Everyone always says “the world is so small”, and yes it is.. in some ways; we now decide to travel across the Atlantic for the weekend, we can have a face-to-face conversation with a friend in Liberia and your sister’s new boyfriend from Slovakia actually studied in Germany with your best mate from school. People travel a lot and stay in touch more easily.
But people don’t seem to be emigrating nearly as much. In 2013, 3.2% of the world’s population were international migrants compared to 2.9% in 1990 (source) - a minuscule differences when compared to the 30% growth in international travellers between 2004 and 2011 (source). So clearly migration isn’t as easy as travel, an obvious point for those that have experienced it.
I’ve now done this twice; first from UK to India (and back) for the Indicorps fellowship and more recently from UK to USA for shoto, and would like to share some of the key items that should be on your list of things to pack.