INTERCULTURAL ADAPTATION OF IMMIGRANTS

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The process known as “intercultural adaptation”, involves several stages that each person assumes in a different way. Know beforehand these stages helps to overcome them and reduce stress levels.

Expectations and excitement phase
During the first weeks the immigrant is often feel highly motivated the challenges that lie ahead. The new culture is stimulating and fun. The new situations and people generate healthy curiosity. These first impressions will help overcome with confidence and effort the obstacles that arise, but the expectations of this period tend to be too high and little realistic.

During this stage, it is important to never forget the opportunity of great personal and professional value that you are experiencing, and remember the reasons that motivated the decision. These thoughts will generate enthusiasm.

Phase of disappointment and anxiety
During the first 6 months of stay in the new country, some not so pleasant and comforting experiences will live. Many of the things that is longed for have not reached yet and this can lead to frustration and confusion.

Factors such as the domain of language, the difficulty with studies, the impossibility of making new friends, efforts to get a good job or housing, can create feelings of nostalgia, demotivation, insulation and even questioning the decision.

During this stage, it is important to never forget the opportunity of great personal and professional value that you are experiencing, and remember the reasons that motivated the decision. These thoughts will generate enthusiasm.

Phase of adaptation and trust
Eventually, begin to feel the benefits of the change: the comfort of the home, the advantages of the employment, safety and tranquillity of the new environment. Finally will appreciate the advantages offered by the country in terms of quality of life. The immigrant begins to feel confidence in the decision and enthusiasm to move forward.

It can take to seniors who have strong traditional habits years this adaptation process. Young people, on the other hand, tend to adapt with ease.

The best way to integrate is to engage. It should ask others, learn not to be afraid to make mistakes and learn from the experiences of others. More people than you can imagine is ready to help.

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