3 Great Qualities of Immigrants

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Living away from your home or birth country can be hard. And that experience can be even harder when that beloved country is several miles away, in a foreign land.

The ability to pack up your bags and leave everything behind to go settle in another man’s land is not the easiest thing to do at all.

It can be draining, including emotionally, psychologically, physically, socially and even health wise. Immigrants who have taken this bold step on their own without duress or undue influence from anyone, deserve some applause.

And I mean it. And here is why.

No matter how you look at it, or which side of the immigration debate you find yourself on, leaving everything you have ever been used to, and go start life afresh in a new place is very difficult.

But, this article is not about whose argument is more valid than the other. This piece is being written to categorically emphasize some really incredible qualities that immigrants do have. And which may not be immediately obvious to non-immigrants.

Immigrants are incredibly brave.

Do you really think it’s easy to leave all the family and friends you have known your whole life, and decide to go sojourn in another man’s land? Being an immigrant, I can tell you that it is not easy. It is a very courageous move to make, and one that is very emotionally involved as well. I remember the first time I immigrated to the United States. I felt empty and all alone because I had left home and everyone I regarded as a family in my home country. For several weeks and months, I missed the company of those I grew up with. I missed my parents, siblings and some of my friends. I missed my culture, food and humid weather. But ‘miss’ was all I could do. Because these people were now more than 14,000 miles away from me. And the more I thought about the distance that separated us, the more I became more emotionally fatigued. So, yes, taking that bold step to pack your bags and go settle in another man’s land, without consideration for whether you would be accepted or not, is an incredibly brave move on the part of immigrants.

Immigrants are incredibly hard working.

When you decide to go start life afresh in a new country and environment, you already know that you have a mountain in front of you, which you must crush in order to survive. Immigrants have to learn and get used to a new culture, people, weather and social system. Like many of you may know, one of the hardest things in life is change. So, trying to adapt to these changes, while still trying to compete in a system that wasn’t set up in your favor is extremely hard. Therefore, as immigrants, we know that we have to put in all our best efforts, and sometimes may even have to work more than our non-immigrant counterparts, just to take care of our families. We are aware that we will be discriminated against because of our race, ethnicity, accent or other societal factors. Therefore, to limit the influence of that, we often go the extra mile just to be able to make a difference. We often do all with the resources we have available to us to prove ourselves.

Immigrants just want to be loved and accepted like all other human beings.

I bet non-immigrants do not know how it feels to be treated differently or referred to in derogatory terms such as “undocumented.” It is very hurtful for immigrants when the new society which they have adopted as their new home, tags them with names that suggest they are different from their hosts. What immigrants want is just love and acceptance from our new family members, since our birth family members are several thousand miles away. We just want to be treated as regular human beings with no tags or strings attached to our names. We just want to be called human beings, not things like undocumented, illegal, etc. We just want to be welcomed and accepted as part of our new families. That’s all we humbly ask.

In wrapping this up,

I have met people who have never traveled outside of their birth states. All they know about the world is the street where they were born, raised, attended school and presently working as adults.

These set of people would never as much as travel outside of their states, talk more of traveling out of their countries, even if it is for a short while.

So, when I say immigrants are incredibly brave people, I believe I have made a valid point. As co-citizens of the world, the least we can do for our fellow well-meaning human beings is to show and reciprocate some love.

Please don’t get me wrong. This is not about the rightness or wrongness of the immigration debate. This is just about being human and embracing one another in love. Go show some love!

To your continued success. Cheers!!!

Evi Abada

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