Every single year Great Britain loses 10,000 skilled people who leave the UK to live in New Zealand. These 10,000 people are in demand in New Zealand, they are rewarded with a chance for a new life and some dramatic scenery – but what other guarantees do they get?
Well, very few in actual fact which is why, when it comes to the dilemma of migration, the questions of ‘should I stay or should I go and live in New Zealand’ are far harder to answer than you might first think. In this article we’ll explore some of the facts, some of the things you should be thinking about and a bit of harsh reality for good measure!
Despite the seeming complexity of the New Zealand immigration process which involves almost every aspect and element of your life be checked, proved and double checked just in case, New Zealand does actually want you. Well, it wants you if you are what they term ‘a skilled migrant’ – i.e., you bring some talent, experience or skill that the nation can benefit from.
And why does it need you? Well, according to economists, the population of New Zealand needs to grow from the current 4.1 million citizens to 5.5 million in the next 25 years in order to sustain the economy.
So, you’re in demand. Great – but what’s in it for you? Well, there’s the scenery and the landscape and the natural environment and the beaches and the mountains and just simply the almost unreal beauty of the nation. That’s certainly a bonus. But it doesn’t really make much practical difference to anyone’s life. So, there’s the fact that New Zealand is safer, cheaper and healthier than the UK. There’s the fact that the people of the nation, although possibly a little slow in coming forward to make your acquaintance until they know you a little better, are welcoming, decent folk on the whole.
There are good schools in New Zealand, a more affordable property market than in the UK, there are job opportunities, the great outdoors, a better attitude to life and the fabulous scenery – oh, yes, we mentioned that already…but there’s also the fact that New Zealand isn’t as sophisticated as the UK. Sorry, but it isn’t! There’s the fact that it can seem like you’ve moved to the ends of the earth when you end up living in New Zealand, there’s the fact that it can all feel a bit small town, a bit claustrophobic and a bit isolating and isolated.
You may be prepared to cope with these issues, elements, facts and feelings – you might be one of the 10,000. And if you are – good for you and good luck to you, but remember that you will find the transition stressful at times, lonely and difficult and that you will one day ask yourself – ‘why have I done this’ or ‘what am I doing here.’ Most people move past these typical feelings and get on and love every aspect of their new life in New Zealand, but a few don’t. A few are so overwhelmed by the wrongness of their relocation that they have to reverse it all and move home.
So, before you commit to moving abroad and emigrating to New Zealand, try and get as frank a feeling for the nation as you can. Spend as much time on an extended holiday there as you can, speak to people who have made the move, learn from them and research all elements of your proposed immigration. Ultimately, try and remain practical, logical and don’t put rose coloured glasses on the whole relocation thaang. It’s not easy, but yes, it can be more than totally invigorating and absolutely rewarding!