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Smooth Move Tips for British Expatriates Moving to America

Smooth Move Tips for British Expatriates Moving to America

British expatriates move to America for a number of reasons, to pursue higher education and employment opportunities, but many soon move back home again, disillusioned with their American experience. If you are about to move to America, what should you know so that you can you settle in more quickly and easily?

British expatriates move to America for a number of reasons, to pursue higher education and employment opportunities, but many soon move back home again, disillusioned with their American experience. If you are about to move to America, what should you know so that you can you settle in more quickly and easily?

Smooth Move Tip to America #1 No Little Britain

The number one thing to bear in mind is that America is not a Little Britain, with British shops, pubs, restaurants and other familiar scenes that cater to British expatriates, at least, not unless you move to a large city where there is a large British population. Brits who have always been used to being in the majority will have to get used to being in the minority in America, as they become accustomed to their new surroundings without much to remind them of home.This can be a good thing, as British expatriates are then able to live the true American experience without living within an exclusive expatriate community that caters to their culture.

Smooth Move Tip to America #2 Dealing with Foreign Focus

British expatriates will also have to prepare themselves for a barrage of questions from their American hosts as people try to place their accents. Are they from New Zealand? Australia? How about Ireland? While amusing to some expatriates, others find it offensive to be constantly stopped in the street or as they go about their everyday business as people try to guess where they are from. However you feel about being marked as "different" or "foreign" in America, the fact is you will need to be able to deal with people's responses and attitudes in a way that shows respect toward your hosts while you are residing in their country.

Smooth Move Tip to America #3 Comparisons

It is only natural to compare home to your new surroundings; we all do it, whether we are moving two doors down the street or to another country. But if you are moving to America temporarily you must try not to make
unfair comparisons about home. Of course, it is only proper to talk about home when asked, but is it necessary to go on about the superior lifestyle, job opportunities, travel and free services available for British citizens and residents? It will not endear you to your American hosts.

British expatriates who move to America must prepare themselves for the inevitable culture shock that meets them when they first move. They should also prepare themselves for the absence and convenience of a Little Britain. Further, expatriates will need to find a way to cope with the foreign focus from their American hosts and do their best to fit in by avoiding unfair comparisons.

About the Author: Sophie is a British expatriate residing in California. She has a passion for travel, expatriate life and immigration issues. Sophie has been a freelance writer for the past 3 years. Contact Sophie at: http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/78646/sophie_s.htm

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Originally published on Associated Content and republished here with permission from the Author