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Immigration to the United States: Overcoming challenges


Anam Umer 

The United States has been known for attracting immigrants from all over the globe, who are looking forward to having a better life and therefore many immigrants immigrate to the United States.

Believe it or not, over 1 million immigrants seek immigration to the United States per year. That is a lot of people leaving their countries. Individuals opt for immigration for diverse reasons, including seeking job prospects, and environmental conditions, pursuing education, or reuniting with family members.

However, adjusting to a new country can be challenging, but with the right mindset, immigrants can integrate into American society. Many immigrants find it hard to adapt to a new environment such as the United States, but there are many ways to help them cope with this situation.

To begin with, for successful adjustment, immigrants should familiarize themselves with the American culture. Americans might have different cultures and traditions that may differ from an immigrant’s native land.

Understanding education, law, and the healthcare system is a key step to getting used to the new country. Integration into American society also requires trying new things that relate to the American culture.

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For example, eating and enjoying famous American food. Little details like this can lead to greater steps in adjustment. Not only should immigrants familiarize themselves with the American culture but also get to know the American language.

Mastering the English language is vital for successful communication in the United States. Speaking English fluently can also benefit an immigrant by making it less difficult to access education and numerous job opportunities.

They can be able to study the English language by taking language courses, reading different books related to the language, using bilingual or translation dictionaries, etc.

Additionally, understanding the American financial system is critical. Immigrants should learn about the banking system, credit, and personal finance to secure a future in America. US Immigrants should also know how to receive and transfer money from their country of origin.

To add to this, building a support system or networking is a crucial element for immigrants living in the US. This system includes connecting and communicating with people whether at work or even people in the neighborhood.

As well as, making friends and having mentorship from people who have experience with immigration. Communication and connection are two components that will help in fitting into the new country.

In addition, in the Research Study by Scott Bittle and Jonathan Rochkind, the authors clearly state that “more than three-quarters (77%) say that it takes less than five years to “feel comfortable here and part of the community,” and nearly half (47%) say it took less than two.” This is therefore understandable that immigrants don’t take too long to integrate into American society.

In conclusion, immigration to the United States is not as difficult as it seems, but not that simple either. Although immigration can be complex, various aspects can help to comfortably adjust to such situations.

Furthermore, immigrants should always be optimistic in their transition. They should always remember that they are not alone and not the only ones facing this situation.

*The author is a student at Al-Hussan International Academy in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Her research focuses on immigration challenges faced by foreigners.

**The opinions in this article are the author’s own and may not represent the views of The Diplomatic Insight. The organization does not endorse or assume responsibility for the content.

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