As a Canadian expat living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the ongoing discussion regarding Zunira Ishaq’s desire to wear a niqab during her Canadian citizenship ceremony is very interesting from myriad perspectives. Equally intriguing are the opinions put forth by Manitoban Hutterite, Mary-Ann Kirby on the Oct. 9th, 2015 CBC News regarding her mother who chose to wear a distinctive, traditional headscarf, along with those expressed by Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons in her article published Oct. 4, 2015, ‘Don’t Like the Niqab? Don’t Wear One.’
There are millions of Canadians who, for personal or professional reasons, have chosen to live outside of Canada. Some are away only for a few months, while others may remain abroad for years. No matter where they find themselves, Canadians living abroad often have the same question: How can I vote in Canada’s federal election?
To be eligible to vote by mail, Canadians living abroad must meet four criteria:
As an Expat, connecting with home can be difficult. Ensuring that you have access to Skype, FaceTime or some other video chat service can help you remain connected to your family and friends back home. Regardless of where you are, an internet connection is all you need to “drop in” for family dinner or catch up with Grandma.
1) The United States of America
Being an Expat in the United States, especially coming from Canada, can be a seamless yet difficult transition. With so many things similar, ranging from culture to lifestyle, there are also a lot of aspects of daily life that are difficult to adjust to. One major aspect that ranks the U.S. lower on the list is the health care situation, along with the focus on politics. For us Canadians, it’s just not different enough to feel like you are moving to a new country.
The tiny country of Ecuador is high on the list of the best places to be an Expat. With friendly natives, it is easy to settle into this country and make a home for yourself. You should have no trouble making friends with the locals. The average age of an Ecuadorian Expat is more than 40 - it’s a great place to retire to!
1. Experience different cultures by immersion
While Canada is a wonderful hodgepodge of different cultures, the best way to experience any culture is by fully immersing yourself in it. It’s proven that the fastest way to pick up a language is to give yourself no other option. If you’re looking to experience different cultures, drop yourself in that environment and see how quickly you pick up the customs and traditions of that locale.
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