Satisfaction and success are what make the difference
“Migration . . . is the oldest action against poverty,” wrote economist J. K. Galbraith. Is Money the only cause of happiness and satisfaction? Happiness also depends strongly on the extent to which a person’s objective reality (i.e., living conditions) meets his or her aspirations and expectations from life. After migrating, individuals begin to adapt to their new surroundings and adjust their goals accordingly.
Homesickness, unsuccessful assimilation, exploitation, and human trafficking are some significant difficulties that may disrupt the expected happiness of the migrants during the journey or at destination.
Well we wish the very best for each migrants and that positive outcomes cannot be taken for granted. But such types of negative experiences suggest that many prospective migrants may have excessive expectations about the futures that await them. Most of the immigrant-receiving countries also have deep concerns about the consequences of immigration for their societies.
The question still remains as to what extend and condition the immigrants and host-country natives are overall better off as a result of migration, in spite of deep research in various domains such as economic gain, social status and discrimination.
According to a study by Martijn Hendriks and co-authors, published in the 2018 World Happiness Report, the average migrant experiences approximately 5 percent more positive emotion (enjoyment, happiness, and laughter) and 7 percent less negative emotion (worry, sadness, and anger) following migration. These findings highlight that moving to another country is for many people a powerful instrument to improve their lives.
Based on the interviews done by Awake Magazine, it states that, “ Many immigrants stick it out in their new country despite loneliness, economic setbacks, and a prolonged separation from their family. They have invested so much in the move that when things do not work out, few have the courage to cut their losses and go home to face possible disgrace and humiliation”