10 Things To Know Before Visiting Turkey

Turkey’s diverse landscapes, adventure activities, incredible culture, ancient history, scrumptious food and interesting art make it a very unique place to explore. Before you set off to see the landscapes of Cappadocia, mosques in Istanbul and mighty ancient ruins of Ephesus.below are ten things you should know before you visit.

1. Choose your accommodation wisely

accommodation

If you’re on a budget trip, you’ll be tempted several times to bust your budget, but don’t give in. That doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on the quality or location of your accommodation. Istanbul has an entire range of budget hotels and apartments to choose from. Better still, apartments are a great way to feel like a local and acquaint yourself with life in a residential neighborhood.

Beyond Istanbul, apartments may be difficult to find, but pansiyons (pensions aka B&B) are aplenty. These are quaint houses converted into B&Bs, have the personal touch of a small property, and are good value for money. If you’re calling the owner directly for a booking, chances are you might have to learn some Turkish words to secure a booking. Asking for a discount (indireem), especially if it’s low season, can help get a lower price, but don’t be brutal about it.

2. Always carry cash

Credit cards are widely accepted in major cities like Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir but many smaller towns, as well as simple establishments in big cities, will require you to pay by cash. You’ll also need to carry change for taxi fares, tips for waiters (so that it goes to them directly) and public bathrooms.

3. Pick up some Turkish words.

Even within Istanbul, it is not easy to find an English speaker. In fact, walk into a book store, and you are likely to find no English books (heck, even Harry Potter is translated in Turkish). Luckily, the Turkish script is similar to English, making road signs easy to read. Whether to get by, order food, ask for directions, or just have a simple conversation with a local, learn some phrases in Turkish (it is fun too). Little gestures like teh-she-kuller (thank you) and bee teer deem (it was delicious) will go a long way.

4. Pack like you’d pack for Western Europe.

Turkey is among the most liberal of West Asian countries, which means that while you still see burkha-clad women stroll along the beach, you also see plenty of women smartly dressed in western-style evening dresses. At this junction where the east meets the west, Turkey gives you the freedom to dress as you please.

Summer in Turkey can be tricky to pack for, somewhat like the higher Indian Himalayas. The sun is strong and harsh, but stepping in the shade could leave you cold. Dress in layers, so you can add or remove one as necessary, and pack lots of sunscreen, a sun hat and shades.

5. Revel in Turkish vegetarian food.

In a country that loves its kebab and doner as much as Turkey, vegetarians may anticipate a tough time. Truth be told, the Turkish love to garnish even their vegetarian dishes with meat, and the concept of vegetarianism is so alien that if you ask about vegetarian food at a cafe, you’ll almost always be offered soup and salad.

Turkey’s local vegetarian cuisine has uncanny similarities to Indian dishes.

6. Greetings are done by kissing both the cheeks

Turkish people are generally quite affectionate and this is apparent in the way they greet others. Although first encounters tend to include a handshake, when meeting a friend or someone you already know, the general rule is to kiss both cheeks regardless of gender. This, at times, tends to be coupled with a hug.

7. Use public transport across Turkey.

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Public transport in Istanbul is quite convenient, and all journeys by bus, tram or metro are priced at 2 TL, irrespective of the distance you go. Cabs are easily available past midnight, when public transport stops operating, and levy no late night charges.

All major cities & towns in Turkey are well connected by private buses, and I found the services of Ulusoy and Safran to be the best. These buses are equipped with free Wifi, stop often for rest room breaks, and on longer journeys, you are served beverages and snacks. It is, however, difficult to book these buses online without knowledge of Turkish. The most feasible option is to show up at the bus terminal and purchase tickets to your onward destinations. Distances between smaller towns and villages can conveniently be covered by the area’s dolmus (mini bus), which stops along every small town on the way, dropping people off.

Hitch hiking is a convenient option on the countryside, but as in any country, you need to keep your wits about you to try it.

8. Public display of affection is frowned upon

Seeing a couple kissing passionately on the street is quite uncommon – even in liberal neighbourhoods. Holding hands is okay but do it with a side of caution if in a conservative area. Most public declarations of affection will be noticed but those between LGBT couples might especially be frowned upon.

9. Zero tolerance towards drug use

The legalisation of marijuana may be on the rise in the United States, but Turkey is still very strict about drug use. There is no leniency when it comes to using or selling drugs within the country. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are acceptable.

10. Get to know the locals.

For a country socially restricted by lack of a common language with the majority of the world, the Turkish people are truly kind hearted.

In a world where racism against Indians is hardly uncommon, Turkey is a breath of fresh air.

Cyprus Facts And Things To Know Before Traveling There

The island nation of Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean sea just off the coast of Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon in the Middle East. Looking at an image of Cyprus country for the sky, it is visible the island is quite small (third largest in the Mediterranean sea), arid and has a pointy tail towards its North East.

The country is divided into six districts (Kyrenia, Famagusta, Nicosia, Paphos, Limassol, and Larnaca), with two of them overlapping the Buffer Zone, which makes Cyprus political geography even trickier.

When visiting the true cultural crossroads of the eastern Mediterranean. Here are 10 things to keep in mind and help you make the most of your trip to this fascinating island.

1. It’s Where Love Was Born

According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, arrived on the foam of a wave at Petra tou Romiou, an impressive rock formation on the West Coast south of the city of Paphos. The cult of Aphrodite flourished on the island beginning in the 12th century with the Mycenaeans, and all manner of sacred, innocence-shedding rituals took place at the Sanctuary of Aphrodite at Paleo Paphos, which you can visit today, though you might find a swim at Petra tou Romiou itself more refreshing.

Photo by alexnikit1981 / Getty Images.
Photo by alexnikit1981 / Getty Images.

2. Nicosia Is Split in Two

The Cypriot capital of Nicosia (Lefkosia in Greek) has the double distinction of being completely landlocked and split in two. In ancient times, a landlocked town meant less predation by pirates, but when Turkish troops invaded in 1974, it made it easier to carve the city in half. Today, a UN-monitored buffer zone extends from one end of the island to another. While there are far fewer restrictions on traveling in the north than in the past, remember that the international airport is in Larnaca in the south, in the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, which considers everything north of the Green Line to be illegally occupied. Don’t miss the Cyprus Museum, the island’s biggest archaeological museum, located in the southern half of Nicosia just outside the original Venetian fortifications.

A cat mans the barricades in the divided Cypriot capital of Nicosia. Photo by Iakovos Hatzistavrou via Getty Images.
A cat mans the barricades in the divided Cypriot capital of Nicosia. Photo by Iakovos Hatzistavrou via Getty Images.

3. The World’s Most Dramatic Greco-Roman Theater

Kourion was one of the island’s most important city-states in antiquity, but a severe earthquake in 365 AD took it permanently out of commission — the clifftop Greco-Roman amphitheater faces the Mediterranean and was built in the second century. An al fresco performance space extraordinaire, it’s still used today. East of the theater, you can explore the ruins and fifth-century mosaics of the House of Eustolios, which was originally a private villa but was transformed into a public bathhouse in the early Christian period. There’s a beach down below, but the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, just up the road, also beckons.

Ruins of ancient Kourion at sunset, Limassol District. Cyprus
Photo by lucky-photographer / Getty Images.

4. Cyprus Was the Crossroads of the World

Cyprus has been the crossroads of many civilizations, from neolithic to Phoenician to ancient Greek, Roman and beyond. The discovery of copper between 3900 BC and 2500 BC was hugely important, as was the fact that the island was on the way to just about everywhere — it was an essential staging ground before the invasion of Jerusalem during the Crusades, for example. As a result, archaeological sites literally litter the island. By 325 BC, Alexander the Great had come and gone, and the Ptolemies of Egypt were in control. Paphos was their capital, and the necropolis known as the Tombs of the Kings, carved out of rock and graced with Doric columns and frescoes, bears witness to this chapter of Cypriot history.

Photo by kaetana_istock / Getty Images.
Photo by kaetana_istock / Getty Images.

5. It’s Home to the Region’s Finest Mosaics

In many respects, Paphos, on the westernmost coast, is the cultural capital of Cyprus. The entire city (sometimes spelled Pafos) is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The remains of villas, palaces, theaters, fortresses and tombs mean the site is of “exceptional architectural and historic value,” and the extensive in situ mosaics of Nea Paphos are among the most beautiful in the world. They date from the island’s Roman period, from 58 BC to 330 AD, and you can get the full picture thanks to meticulously maintained elevated pathways.

Mosaic floors of elite romans villas (3-5th.c) with scenes from Greek mythology, Paphos, Cyprus
Photo by Rostislavv / Getty Images.

6. The World’s Oldest Wine Is Cypriot

The world’s oldest named wine is Cypriot: Originally called mana — the Greek word for “mother” — and referenced by Greek poets in 800 BC, the sweet red was christened commandaria during the Crusades after the headquarters of the Knights Templar, and the name stuck. It’s made from sun dried grapes that grow in vineyards on the southern foothills of the Troodos Mountains, not far from the port city of Limassol (Lemesos in Greek) where the Cypus Wine Company, or KEO, is based. While commandaria is principally a dessert wine, there are great wines of many varietals throughout the island, and it’s fun to visit the small wineries in the Troodos or in the equally scenic hilly areas behind Paphos.

Image courtesy of Vasilikon Winery.
Image courtesy of Vasilikon Winery.

7. So Is the World’s Wackiest Cheese

Cyprus’s signature snack is grilled halloumi, a delicious cheese that squeaks when you eat. it. Cypriots eat it constantly, with sliced lountza (cured pork tenderloin), grilled tomatoes or sliced watermelon. While halloumi is also popular in the Middle East, it originated in Cyprus during the Byzantine era. It’s a firm, brined cheese, semicircular in shape, generally made with milk from sheep that have been fed thyme. When packaged, it’s often garnished with mint leaves. Its high melting point makes it extremely popular for grilling or frying. Halloumi is so popular it even shows up on the breakfast menu at McDonald’s in Cyprus, but if you have the chance to stop at a local dairy, take it: Halloumi fresh from the cauldron is a rare treat.

8. Europe’s Coolest Gothic Ruins Are Here…

Cyprus’s strategic location put it in the path of the Crusaders, and subsequent European occupiers left real architectural gems behind. One of the most famous sites is the ruined 13th-century monastery of Bellapais Abbey, with its commanding view of the northern coast. Writing in 1957, when Cyprus belonged to the British, Lawrence Durrell said “the full magnificence of the Abbey’s position is not clear until one enters the inner cloister, through a superb gate decorated with marble coats of arms, and walks to the very edge of the high bluff on which it stands, the refectory windows framing the plain below with its flowering groves and curling palm trees.”

Photo by mpalis / Getty Images.
Photo by mpalis / Getty Images.

9.But They’re Mostly in the North

Like the Abbey of Bellapais, the ruined castle of Saint Hilarion sits squarely within the confines of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus — but that doesn’t mean it’s off limits. In the Kyrenia mountain range, this 10th-century castle started out as a monastery, was fortified under French Lusignan rule, and is now spectacularly situated for tourists. Of the the three historic mountain strongholds in the area, it’s the best preserved.

Photo by Kirillm / Getty Images.
Photo by Kirillm / Getty Images.

10. One of the Best Hotels Is Next to a Nature Reserve

As is the case with many Mediterranean holiday islands, the coastal areas of Cyprus are often overdeveloped — the Turkish invasion in 1974 is partly to blame for this, as it forced the Greek Cypriots living in the north to flee south. That said, there are still unspoiled areas, and one of the prettiest is the verdant Akamas Peninsula, which juts up like a thumb on the island’s west coast. Construction around here is strictly limited, so one resort at the edge of the peninsula feels more remote than it actually is: Anassa calls itself “the ultimate Mediterranean retreat,” and with its beach-chic suites, swaying cypress trees, solid range of restaurants and Thalassa Spa, it’s an apt description.

All You Need to Know About The IELTS Test

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of the most recognised tests of the English language around the world. Essentially, it’s like a qualification showing that you’re a fluent speaker. There are two version of the test available; one for those looking for a job abroad and one for those going into foreign education.

The IELTS allows you to learn English to a high-standard of fluency and show the world that you’ve got what it takes to be a global citizen! It’s respected by industries, companies and schools around the world – basically, it’s an essential if you want to succeed abroad.

Here’s what you can expect…

Listening

You’ll be given half an hour to complete the listening part of your IELTS exam. You’ll answer 40 questions which are split into 4 sections – a one-on-one chat, talking with a group of people, a monologue and a recited speech. You’ll listen to a recording of each scenario and answer questions based on what you hear.

Reading

This section takes an hour to complete and is again made up of 40 questions. You’ll be tested on how well you read by answering questions derived from different texts.

Writing

Another section that takes an hour is the writing part of the IELTS. In the academic IELTS, you’ll first have to describe some sort of image (usually a diagram) before writing a responsive essay. For the general training (for employability), you’ll have to write a letter that relates to a given topic and a personalised essay.

Speaking

The speaking section will be held between you and your examiner and usually takes around 11-14 minutes. You can expect to be asked some questions about yourself and your life, then have a few minutes where you’ll speak on a chosen subject before a final chat about what you’ve spoken about.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES TEST-TAKERS MAKE?

1. Not answering the questions or changing the topic.

Especially in writing and speaking, this is a crucial mistake many test-takers make. They forget the questions and respond with something different than what was asked.

2. The length of writing has to be accurate. Don’t write more than what’s been specified as it won’t get you a better mark. Don’t write less either. Practice a lot in advance so you will have a good grasp of what you’re expected to write.

3. Don’t memorise.

 Some people think that memorising answers in writing or speaking will increase their chances of succeeding. This is false. You don’t know what is going to be on the test, so memorising content is just a waste of time. The key is to be familiar with a range of topics so you can write and speak about them comfortably and without hesitation.

4. Not using linking words or being repetitive.

Plan your writing beforehand and make a list of words you want to use and have it next to your answer booklet so you can use them! Once you’re done, read your writing twice and try to find what can be improved.

5. Not being aware of the time you’ve spent on a task or the time left to complete it.

Time management is probably 50% of your test success. If you stop talking in the speaking section or you can’t finish reading the last part of the test, this will affect your score. It’s recommended you answer everything you’re confident you know and then you’ll have some time to concentrate on tricky or problematic sections. This is particularly useful for the reading component of the test.

6. Losing focus during the listening section and freaking out when you don’t understand what you hear.

Thinking “I have to concentrate!” during the recording will only make you extremely anxious and then you’ll end up totally distracted! Just imagine you’re listening to your teacher during the class and take notes on the important subjects! This way you’ll turn off the little worrying voices in your head.

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7 Reasons to Study At DOBA Business School

DOBA Business School is a modern private business school dedicated to the development of innovative individuals who are interested in improving their knowledge and competitiveness. Our high-quality programmes available in Slovene, Croatian, Serbian and English language, reflect current academic standards and requirements, giving our students an edge in the contemporary European and global business environment.

Internationally Accredited Degrees

DOBA Business School is an internationally recognised institution that awards accredited degrees. All bachelor’s and master’s degrees conferred by DOBA are accredited by Slovene Quality Assurance Agency (SQAA), a member of European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). Your degree will be recognised all over the world. DOBA holds the honour of being the first and only higher education institution in South-Eastern Europe to receive the UNIQUe international certification for quality in e-learning.

The school highlight the importance of practical experience, students prepare practical solutions to the challenges provided by companies. DOBA encourages and enables various types of cooperation with companies already during your studies.

Their graduates have embarked on successful careers. Many employers recognise the valuable combination of practical skills and experience DOBA graduates bring to the table.  Graduates have found employment at many renowned companies around the world, including:

  • NATO
  • IBM
  • Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Microsoft
  • Coca-Cola
  • Vinoville Hotel
  • Ericsson Nikola Tesla

Reasons why you should  Study at DOBA

Excellence in Teaching

Courses have been shaped through the cooperation of teachers and practicing experts and are updated every year to be in line with current and future business trends. Visiting national and international experts contribute to the enrichment of the programmes.

Student Support

From the first inquiry through graduation and beyond, prospective students, students and alumni have a dedicated support team. During their studies, students are assigned a personal tutor who motivates students for successful performance and monitors their progress.

International Environment

Students have the opportunity to study in internationally varied groups and work to with other students who bring new ideas as well as their own professional and cultural experiences enriching the learning process. This cultural exchange provides added value to our programmes. Our students have numerous opportunities for networking and strengthening both business and private connections.

Affordability

Slovenia is among the richest, healthiest, happiest and most advanced countries in the world. Yet, our tuitions are affordable and living costs are relatively low in comparison to other EU countries. Also, compared with the US, the cost of living in Slovenia is 17.91% lower and rent is 59.84% lower than in United States (average data for all cities). All that and Slovenia is just 3 hours away from Vienna (Austria), Venice (Italy) and Budapest (Hungary).

Safety

According to the 2017 Travel Risk map, Slovenia is among the safest countries in the world. Compared with other countries, Slovenia has one of the lowest crime rates. It has also been ranked the fourth-best country in the world for women. Slovenia has a well-developed road network that is safe for travel. Highways connect to neighbouring cities/countries and are clearly marked and traffic rules are consistent with those throughout Europe.

Housing

Finding a place to live in Maribor is relatively easy. We even have a room guarantee for studentthrough our partners. We offer help with housing during your studies in Maribor. The dorms are 15 minutes away from DOBA Business School.We’ll arrange your stay and offer you necessary information.

Quality

DOBA Business School is an internationally recognised institution that awards accredited degrees. We are a part of the Bologna Process, which means, your degree is regarded equally as any other degree in Europe. All degrees conferred by DOBA are accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of Slovenia, an independent, Slovenia-based accreditation organisation. Your degree will be recognised all over the world.

Slovene classrooms are closely tied to the wider culture and its values of equality and autonomy. Students will develop their own intellectual independence, and are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions. Students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and they are expected to be assertive, proactive and independent.

International Student Friendly; All You Need to Know About Webster University

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Webster University is a private institution that was established  in 1915. It has a total undergraduate enlistment of 2,544,It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Webster University’s ranking in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities Midwest, 23. Its tuition and fees are $27,900 (2018-19).

Webster University is a Midwestern school with an international presence. Though the school is based in St. Louis, it also has campuses throughout the U.S. and abroad, including in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Ghana, China and Thailand. For students, this means a plurality of study abroad options, as well as undergraduate degrees with an international emphasis, such as global journalism and management with an international business focus.

For graduate students, Webster University offers degree programs in nursing and nursing-anesthesia. The university also offers MBA and Global M.A. degree programs.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Webster University is 9:1, and the school has 90.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Webster University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; and Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77 percent.

Student Life

Webster University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,544, with a gender distribution of 45 percent male students and 55 percent female students. In sports, Webster University is part of the NCAA III.

Webster University is One of the Most Popular Colleges and Universities With International Students

 

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international student

The presence of international students on campus means a greater diversity of options, perspectives and knowledge to add to the diversity of thought on campus. As the economy becomes more global in scope, interaction with students from all different countries becomes an important part of higher education.

An analysis of student visa data suggests that in 2017 as many as 1,064,586 international students came to the U.S. to study at American colleges and universities. From this diverse international pool, Webster was home to approximately 38 international students.

College Factual ranks Webster as 447th out of a total 1,300 colleges and universities for popularity with international students.

Webster University reports having a total of 38 international students on campus, 14 of whom are undergraduates. This is out of a total of 13,906 students, 3,138 of whom are undergraduates.

College Factual ranks Webster as 546th out of 1,240 total colleges and universities for providing a quality educational experience to international students. College Factual has also ranked the quality of the education at Webster on a country by country basis. Webster ranks the best for are for students from Flag of China  ChinaFlag of Nigeria  Nigeria, and Flag of India  India.

International Students Financial Information

Webster University costs approximately USD 44,962 for international students to attend. College Factual ranks the value of this school for international students as 394th out of 1,204

Out-of-state tuition at Webster​ is USD 27,100 per year. This does not include room and board or additional student fees that may add to your costs. Go to the Webster tuition & fees page for more information, and contact the school for details.

Webster University Rankings

#23 (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest
#15 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
#56 in Best Value Schools

Cost & Financial Aid

At Webster University, 68 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,574.

Paying for college doesn’t have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs, or use the U.S. News 529 Finder to choose the best tax-advantaged college investment account for you.

Campus Safety

Campus safety data were reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education and have not been independently verified. The numbers for criminal offenses reflect reports of alleged offenses to campus security and/or law enforcement authorities, not necessarily prosecutions or convictions. Experts advise prospective students and their families to do their own research to evaluate the safety of a campus as well as the surrounding area.

Campus Services

Webster University offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, health service, health insurance. Webster University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Of the students at Webster University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Webster University.

For more information about the school contact Bigger International Consult

15 THINGS FOREIGNERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CANADA

Canada is a gigantic country and has almost always been included in lists that point out the best destinations to go to for a getaway — and that’s not surprising because it is a country that is a melting pot of various picturesque landscapes and sights that could instantly take anyone’s breath away

Canada is a beautiful and multicultural country with more than enough fun to go around.

Below are things you should know about Canada before traveling down.

1. Canada is huge

If you’re planning to travel to Canada, you won’t be able to see the whole country in just a week or two — Canada is just too gigantic! After all, it’s the second largest country in the world, covering 9.9 million square kilometres of space. It is also surrounded by three oceans (the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Arctic) and contains the world’s longest coastline.

To make everything a bit more manageable, Canada is divided into thirteen parts (ten ‘provinces’ and three ‘territories’). Just take the country one piece at a time.

2. The cities are world class

Urban life in Canada is the bee’s knees. In the Economist’s 2017 ranking of the world’s most liveable cities, no less than three Canadian cities placed in the top ten. They were Vancouver (third), Toronto (fourth) and Calgary (fifth). The five factors were healthcare, education, environment, infrastructure and stability. That’s right, these cities are practically begging to be lived in. When it comes to the important stuff, the Canucks just ca-knock the ball right out of the park. Oh, and the capital of Canada is Ottawa, not Toronto.

3. It’s very multicultural

People just love moving to Canada, and Canada just loves having them over. More than 20% of Canadians were born in another country, and this is expected to reach nearly 50% by 2031.

Canada was inhabited by aboriginal peoples until the British and French colonized the nation in the 17th century. Nowadays, almost 1 in 5 Canadians were born in another country, nearly 200 countries are represented in Canada, and 1 in 5 Canadians speak a language other than English or French as their first language.

That being said, it’s very common to walk around and hear many different languages being spoken, and in larger cities, you can find many neighbourhoods dedicated to different cultures, such as Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Portugal, Greektown, and so on. Many people have naturally immigrated to these pockets in the city, and you’ll find many shops, restaurants, and even cultural festivals celebrating their heritage there.

4. Canada has two official languages

One official language was not enough for the Canadians, so English and French have equal status over there. If you think that sounds difficult, imagine being in Singapore (four official languages) or India (sixteen official languages). You don’t really notice the Frenchness of the country unless you’re in the eastern province of Quebec, where people are trying very hard to keep things as French as possible. There are laws enforced by the OQLF (basically the language police) to make sure everyone uses enough French. If a shop doesn’t put French on its signs and greet its customers in French, it’s in difficulté.

5. The landscapes are beautiful

Yes, the cities are good, but the spaces between the cities are even better. 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the American border, which means there’s a serious amount of room for exploring in the north. If you want to get away from other humans for a while (or indeed forever) then the opportunity’s there. Aside from boiling deserts and tropical rainforests, Canada pretty much has every landscape going. There’s the rugged coastline of Pacific Rim, the magical Meadows in the Sky, and the granite mountains of Gros Morne, to name just a few. The Alberta Badlands are particularly good if you want to feel like a cowboy in an old western film. Yee-haw!

6. It’s freezing cold

There’s no place for words like ‘chilly’ and ‘nippy’ in Canada. When we say it gets cold, we mean really bloody cold. Apart from the country’s west coast in British Columbia, nowhere else in Canada does the average temperature exceed zero in winter time. Vast parts of the country can dip as low as -30°C or -40°C, which makes going outside fairly unenjoyable. Chuck in the severe wind chill and the great outdoors are a no-go. The coldest temperature ever recorded in North America was in Yukon, Canada in 1947 at -63°C, which is literally the same as the surface temperature of Mars. Suddenly those lakes don’t seem very appealing.

Hitting a heavy object around with sticks wasn’t dangerous enough for the Canadians, so they decided to do it on ice. What else are you meant to do with all those frozen lakes in the winter? Known simply as “hockey” over there (no other type of hockey matters), the sport is basically a religion. Just to give you an idea, the Canada vs USA men’s hockey final at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 was the most watched TV broadcast in Canadian history.

There’s even a picture of kids playing hockey on a frozen pond (known as shinny) on the Canadian $5 bill. It turns out the sport was actually invented in England, but don’t tell any Canadians that.

7. Milk comes in bags

If you think buying a big plastic sack of milk sounds weird, you are absolutely correct. It’s a strange practice that goes on throughout Ontario and Quebec. Three individual bags of milk are placed in one larger sack, which the keen Canadian milk-drinker then lugs home. The traditional bottle of milk seems to work for everyone else, but in some parts of Canada it’s the bag or nothing. Once the country switched to the metric system in 1970, milk manufacturers had to change all their machines so they could produce different sized bottles. Bagging it up just seemed a lot easier. So here we are.

8. Everyone loves poutine

Poutine is Canada’s national dish. The word “poutine” is slang in Quebec for “a mess”, which is pretty much what you get. Chips covered in gravy and half-melted cheese curds. It doesn’t sound like a particularly dainty meal, but the Canadians love it all the same. It was invented in 1957 when a trucker asked someone to put cheese on his chips and gravy. One guy wanted a bit of cheese and suddenly a national dish was born. Chefs around the country have tried to make it a bit more fancy, throwing in things like lobster and foie gras, but it’s a losing battle. Just watch out for those calories; a side order of poutine in Burger King contains 740 of them. Heavy.

9. They had a flag design competition

How do you create a national flag that the whole country is happy with? You ask them to design it. In 1965, Canada realised that they still didn’t have an official flag, so the people at the top decided they should get one. Other countries had already taken all the simple designs, so the Canadians had to get creative. And boy did they deliver! A total of 3541 flag designs were submitted by citizens across the country, with most of them including either a maple leaf, a beaver, a fleurs-de-lys or a Union Jack (and sometimes all four at once). The winning entry came from Colonel George F. G. Stanley, with his simple red and white maple leaf design. The one we all know and love. And the one that all Canadian travellers insist on having on their backpacks.

10. The education is top notch

In Canada, school is cool. When it comes to teaching their kids, the Canadians don’t mess around. In the OECD’s 2017 ranking of countries’ adult education levels (based on the percentage of 25-64 year olds with a degree), Canada came first with 56.27%. It might be bad for your teeth, but maple syrup clearly does something for the brain. If you end up in a pub quiz against a bunch of Canadians, it’s probably best to go home before it gets too embarrassing.

11. The healthcare is universal

Canada’s healthcare is the envy of their American neighbours to the south. It’s a tax-funded Medicare system where the government pays for people’s basic health insurance, which is then delivered by the private sector. It’s like the NHS; if you require any essential medical services, you get them for free. It just involves a bit of waiting. In fact, Canada’s wait times aren’t great; a 2017 Commonwealth Fund survey found that only 43% of Canadians see a medical professional on the same day as seeking help. Fortunately there are loads of ways around this, such as being friends with a doctor, marrying a doctor or indeed becoming a doctor.

12. Learn the slang

‘Canadian English’ is a special kind of English. The Canucks speak their own lingo and it can confuse the hell out of any unprepared foreigner. There are only so many times you can ask someone to repeat themselves before you just nod and smile. The most famous phrase is ‘eh’, which Canadians like to slap on the end of almost any sentence. Statements, questions, insults, commands; everything is fair game when it comes to ‘eh’. If someone goes to the “biffy” then they’re off to the toilet. If it’s cold then you’ll need a “toque” (a beanie) on your head. A $1 coin is a “loonie” and a $2 coin is a “toonie”. The jazzy word for a kilometre is a “klick”. If anyone talks to you about “the 6ix”, they’re talking about Toronto. When they say “about”, it sounds like “aboat”. It’s all very overwhelming.

13. Sorry!

“Sorry” is Canada’s most important word. Every Canadian is just desperate to apologise to other Canadians at any given opportunity. They’re a famously polite bunch, and the word “sorry” is their bread and butter. Throw enough “sorry”s at a situation and everything will be fine. Walk down a street or through a supermarket and you’ll never stop hearing it. In fact, Canadians use the word so much that in 2009 they had to pass an ‘Apology Act’ in Ontario. It means that if any Canadian says ‘sorry’ at the time of a crime or incident, it won’t count as an admission of guilt – just an expression of sympathy. Without this, there’d probably be a lot of apologetic Canadians in prison.

14. Timmies is everywhere

In a list of very Canadian things, Tim Hortons is probably third – just after maple syrup and apologies. Known affectionately as ‘Timmies’, it’s a chain of coffee & donut shops and there are branches everywhere. They’re in shopping malls, train stations, cinemas, national parks, the list goes on. Pretty much every town across Canada has a Timmies. If a space opens up on the high street, it will get filled with a Timmies. Leave your garden long enough and it will eventually sprout a Timmies. Apparently eight out of every ten cups of coffee purchased in Canada are from Timmies (source: Timmies). A national favourite is the Timmies “double-double”, which is a coffee with two sugars and two creams. An extra large one of those has 340 calories. Have too many double-doubles and you’ll be in trouble-trouble.

15. There are bridges for animals

One solution to all the animal-vehicle crashes in Canada is to build bridges for them. And it actually works. The bridges are grassy, leafy and just a lovely way to cross the road. They’re a smash hit with the animals in Banff National Park; between 1996 and 2012, eleven species of large mammal were recorded using these bridges over 150,000 times. This includes moose and bears – animals that would certainly have caused a serious accident if they took the usual road route. Certain moose were so keen to use the bridges that they were crossing over them before they’d even finished being built. Banff has set the trend and now places across Canada have got bridge fever, such as British Columbia and Alberta. It’s a win-win for all.

Top 15 Australia’s most Popular Traditional Foods

Barbequed snags

If you’re traveling around Australia, and hanging around with some locals, I’m sure that you will come across some typical Australian food and while you’re here you really should try some of it! From meat you don’t normally find in other supermarkets to chocolate biscuits, to the most common Australian food you should try

Below are 15 Australia most popular Traditional food

1. Chicken parmigiana

Chicken parmigiana
Chicken parmigiana

This classic Aussie chicken dish — with roots in Italian-American cooking — is a staple offering on pretty much every pub menu in the country. Originally eggplant based (and these are still available for vegetarians), it has evolved in to a chicken schnitzel topped with tomato sauce, melted cheese and, if you’re feeling fancy, prosciutto ham. This is typically served with salad and chips, although there’s a split between those who think the chips should be under the parmy and those who think they should be on the side.

2. Barbequed snags (aka sausages)

Barbequed snags
Barbequed snags

It’s no surprise that Aussies love to grill, and nothing is more important to a good barbie than a decent sausage — whether you’re at a mate’s place or at your local DIY store. Traditional Australian sausages are usually pork or beef, but if you’re feeling adventurous, there are other animals to sample. Wrap a slice of bread around your snag and top it off with some fried onions and your favourite sauce.

According to the Australian Meat Industry Council’s Sausage King competition, the best beef snags are found in Wollongong and the best pork bangers come from Mawson, ACT.

3. Lamingtons

Lamingtons
Lamingtons

Widely recognised as the ‘National Cake of Australia’ after the National Trust of Queensland voted this sweet treat an Australian icon, named as it was after Lord Lamington, a former Governor of Queensland.

The lamington is a modest square-shaped sponge dipped in chocolate and coated with desiccated coconut. Other variations include two layers and a cream or jam filling — seen by many as a vital addition. They go perfectly with a nice cup of bush tea, or maybe one of Melbourne’s world-famous coffees, and are available in all good bakeries and cafes.

Although the cake is thought to have been first served in Toowoomba, the national success has seen it take off in cities across Australia. Kytons Bakery in Adelaide is the current award holder for best lamington in Australia.

4. A burger with ‘the lot’

If tomato, lettuce, onions and a juicy meat patty just isn’t enough burger then maybe you should try the Aussie gut-buster with ‘the lot’. Take a burger bun and stuff it with barbequed meat, salad, sauce and, for the Australian twist, add a slice of pineapple, some pickled beetroot and a fried egg. Perfect after a long day surfing or relaxing on the beach. Not ideal for those watching their weight.

According to MTV, the best burger in Australia can be found at Burger Me Fresh in Coolangatta. It might be a long way to go for a meal, but people definitely travel with less incentive than this.

5. Pavlova
Pavlova
Pavlova

Both Australia and New Zealand lay claim to inventing this famous dessert, created in honour of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova’s visit to Australasia in the 1920s. As a truly Australian after-dinner sweet, the pavlova’s crispy meringue crust, light fruit filling and whipped cream topping ensure it’s a family hit.

Australian claims to the dish lay in a recipe written by a Perth hotel owner in 1935, however recent research says that dish began life in Germany before evolving into its current form in the United States.

Regardless of where it was created, today’s Australian offerings are perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

6. Meat pies

Meat pies
Meat pies

You may think that a pie’s a pie, available in any flavour with any filling. However, a traditional Australian pie should be hand-sized, filled with mincemeat and gravy, and topped with tomato sauce. A gourmet version with mashed potato and mushy peas is also popular, but any other variant surely falls under a different category.

In 2016, the winner of the Great Aussie Pie Competition was the Oven Crisp Bakery in Riverton, WA.

7. Barramundi

 Barramundi
Barramundi

Forget about fish and chips, feast on fresh Australian barramundi, a name which means ‘large-scaled river fish’ in the Aboriginal language in the Rockhampton area. Grilled, fried or seared skin-side first, it’s a much healthier alternative to battered fish, and a true Aussie meal.

Whether you catch your own or sit back and let someone else take care of the hard work, heading up to Queensland gets you some of the best fish in the country.

8. Vegemite on Toast

Not a particularly complicated dish but still a much-loved serving, Vegemite on toast is great for breakfast, lunch or as an anytime snack. Similar to British Marmite, Vegemite is a vegetarian alternative made from yeast extract, and actually not vegetables.

Vegemite on Toast
Vegemite on Toast

To make your own Australian delicacy toast two slices of bread, be liberal with the butter but frugal with the Vegemite. It’s not something you want to slap on like peanut butter or Nutella.

Vegemite, which was created by a Melbournian, is jammed full of Vitamin B which has loads of health benefits, including the belief that it helps keep mozzies at bay.

9. Pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup
Pumpkin soup

Australia isn’t all about grilled meats and seafood, there are a wide range of vegetarian dishes out there too, including a hearty bowl of pumpkin soup. Best served in the colder months, and those are easiest to find when you head south, there’s something incredibly satisfying about a bowl of pumpkin soup eaten by the fire. Add a Granny Smith apple, which were first grown just outside of Sydney, for an authentic Australian version.

10. Grilled kangaroo

Lean and tasty, kangaroo is one of the healthiest meats around, as well being a national icon. But you better like your steak blue, or at least rare as Skippy is notoriously difficult to cook and can dry out quite easily if left on the barbie too long.

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11. Anzac Cookies

ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps that fought together during WWI. ANZAC Day is a public holiday in Australia to celebrate the men that fought for the country. During the war, the wives baked these delicious ANZAC cookies to send off to their men at war. They were cheap to make and could stay fresh throughout long boat journeys. They are made with coconut, golden syrup and oats… yum!

traditional australian food - anzac biscuits

12. Fish and Chips

Australians do a bloody good Fish and Chips. OK most English visitors will be quite skeptical of this statement when it comes to Fish and Chips because Australians have yet to master the art of mushy peas, chips and gravy. But considering that the entire country is surrounded by ocean, you are pretty much guaranteed to always get a delicious and fresh piece of fish.

fish and chips

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13. Avocados

Australians LOVE their Avocados – especially with their eggs and breakfast dishes. In most cafes you will notice that you can order a side of Avocado with your poached, scrambled or fried eggs. You may even notice that the avocado is already included within the breakfast dish. I tried an avocado for breakfast for the first time, smeared on toast and topped with Rocket, Feta and Tomatoes. It was actually quite delicious! Aussies also have a fondness for avocado and Vegemite on toast… don’t knock it until you try it.

popular aussie food - avocadoImage By Kjokkenutstyr

14.  Crab Sticks

Crab Sticks
Crab sticks

This food may be familiar to many people in the world, especially those who love Japanese food. International students in Australia should keep this convenient food in their fridges. When needed, this delicious dish will be ready to satisfy any hunger.

Interestingly enough, crab sticks often contains no crab but kinds of white fish ground into power and shaped like crab legs. This dish becomes even more yummy when it is fried with oil.

15. Tim Tams

Tim Tam
Tim Tam

Tim Tams (also known as miracles) are one of Australian favorites. They are made from two layers of chocolate-malted biscuit separated by a light chocolate filling and coated in chocolate. There are several different flavours including dark chocolate, limited edition coconut, caramel, strawberry, etc., but you definitely can’t go past the original! Australians eat about 45 million packets of Tim Tams each year. The Tim Tam factory in Sydney produces 3,000 biscuits each minute. In case you don’t know about a ‘Tim Tam slam’, this is what you do; bite off the ends of the biscuit, then drink through it like a straw. Use it to drink a warm beverage. It melts the chocolate making it soft and perfect.

CHECKOUT THESE TOP IMMIGRATION FRIENDLY COUNTRIES

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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The United States is recognized for being the most dominant military and economic power in the world. A diverse country in terms of cultural influence, the U.S. lures many immigrants with the promise of human rights, freedom, religious freedom, a rich business climate, and opportunity for a better life.

The United States currently has a population of 310,232,863, 42,788,029 of those are immigrants from other nations. A plurality of these immigrants come directly from Mexico. Some 11,635,995 individuals in the U.S. currently are Mexican by birth. The U.S. also has a large percentage of Asian immigrants hailing from China, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, and South Korea. The immigrant population is rounded out with immigrants from Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Cuba, and Canada. The attraction of the U.S. lies in existing cultural communities from many of these nations in addition to the belief that the U.S. is the land of opportunity.

How does the U.S. feel towards immigrating populations? That really depends on who you ask. It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is no real fan of immigrants, but polls show that some 60% of Americans disagree with his wall-building plan. Recent research also shows that the general feeling that immigrants are a burden on the country has declined by 36% since 1994. In fact, 63% of Americans now feel that immigrants strengthen the country. So overall, while there are some individuals who feel their jobs are being stolen by immigrants, that number is much lower than some may have you believe. In general, U.S. citizens are welcoming and accepting of immigrating populations.

To apply for permanent residence in the United States you can be sponsored, i.e. you must be related to a U.S. citizen or green-card holder. Note that different relationships are given higher priority over others. Or you must secure employment with a U.S. company. You may also qualify as a refugee or become a resident through the “green card lottery.”

Immigrant population of the United States by Country of Origin – 42,788,029 immigrants

Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population
Mexico 27.19% Vietnam 2.71%
China 4.06% El Salvador 2.61%
Philippines 4.02% South Korea 2.46%
India 3.87% Cuba 2.32%
Puerto Rico* 3.86% Canada 1.95%

 

American Emigrants by Destination Country

American Emigrants by Destination Country

RUSSIA

The Russian Federation is the largest country by landmass in the world. With one of the largest growing economies and vast natural resources, the Russian Federation is becoming an attraction for immigrants worldwide. Despite poor human rights, high levels of corruption, and not being a particularly safe place to live, the sense of opportunity is a shining light for immigrants from smaller, poorer neighboring countries.

The Russian Federation currently has a population of 139,390,205, 12,270,388 of those s are immigrants from other nations. Approximately half of those immigrant’s hail from the Ukraine and Kazakhstan alone. Currently, some 3,647,234 individuals living in Russia were born in the Ukraine and 2,648,315 were born in Kazakhstan. Other major contributors to the Russian immigrant population include Belarus, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Moldova. The vast majority of these immigrants come seeking employment in menial jobs with few amenities, but jobs all the same.

How do Russian’s feel about the influx of immigrants and current immigrant population? Ask the Russian government and you will learn that they are happy to welcome immigrants willing to work low-paying (or no paying) jobs in exchange for a roof over their head in the vast country. For the Russian government, welcoming immigrants is guaranteed  labor. This is labour that Russians know is imperative to rebuilding their country following a prolonged recession. It is this need for immigrant labour that forces the Russian people to accept their government welcoming immigrants. Nationals who show anti-immigrant sentiments face government persecution for promoting unacceptable nationalism.

So essentially the Russian people have little say in the acceptance of immigrants. This does not mean, however, that immigrants are treated well by nationals. Studies show that some 67% of Russians feel negatively towards immigrants. The immigrant influx is seen as an invasion by poor nations, which is dragging down Russia as a whole. These negative sentiments are worsened for select national groups who are viewed with intolerance such as non-Slavic Russians coming from the North Caucasus.

While few residents of more established nations seek immigration to the Russian Federation, how would you go about seeking residency if you wanted to? In order to move to Russia permanently, all immigrants must have a Russian sponsor who can vouch for them. It is also necessary to submit an application to the Russian government. If accepted, a five-year temporary residency visa will be issued. This can be renewed repeatedly. It is important to know that Russia has national quotas set for the number of immigrants they will accept for each country every year.

If you want to become a Russian citizen after residency has been granted, you must live in the country for 7 years or marry a Russian national and file the appropriate paperwork.

Immigrant population of the Russian Federation by Country of Origin – 12,270,388 immigrants

Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population
Ukraine 29.72% Georgia 5.25%
Kazakhstan 21.58% Armenia 4.02%
Belarus 7.81% Kyrgyzstan 3.87%
Uzbekistan 7.66% Tajikistan 3.2%
Azerbaijan 7.06% Moldova 2.32

 

Russian Emigrants by Country of Destination

Russian Emigrants by Destination Country

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia has a lot of land to offer and is a hub of Arabian wealth. Despite strict rule and regulation of society, Saudi Arabia’s wealth and opportunity is a drawing force for poorer neighbouring countries. This is despite poor human rights, high levels of corruption, low levels of safety, poor public healthcare systems and poor public education systems.

Saudi Arabia currently has a population of 25,731,776, 7,288,900 of those are immigrants from other nations. It is not surprising that none of Saudi Arabia’s biggest immigrating population are from more liberal countries like the U.S., Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom. This is most likely a result of political tensions as well as a lack of desire of westerners to live in a country with such strict and conservative laws, not to mention the lack of human rights and low levels of safety for immigrants. Saudi Arabia does hold promise for neighbouring countries where the economy is far from ideal, however. The largest population of immigrants in Saudi Arabia comes from India with 1,452,927 immigrants. The second largest contributor to Saudi Arabia’s immigrant population is Pakistan with 1,005,873 immigrants which is tied with Egypt with another 1,005,873 immigrants. Trailing behind these migrant native countries are Yemen, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Sudan, Indonesia, and Jordan.

With such a huge population of immigrants, how does Saudi Arabia feel about immigration? Saudi immigration policy has a firm hold on the immigrants that are permitted entry to the country. In fact, all immigrants must be sponsored by a local sponsor and have work permits guaranteed to them by citizens. This means that immigrant entry to the country is tightly regulated by Saudi nationals. This causes considerable problems, however, since the rules governing sponsorship are very vague leaving nationals to interpret them as they will. This results in a significant percentage of temporary Saudi residents feeling resentment towards Saudi nationals. Despite this tension, those foreign nationals who are granted residency in Saudi Arabia are generally welcomed by nationals. The exception to this is a few areas of the country where conservatism is pushed to the extreme.

How do you go about immigrating to Saudi Arabia? All immigrants must have a residence visa as well as a work permit. In order to process these, your employer must submit paperwork for your entry in addition to you submitting your own paperwork. It is also necessary to undergo a full medical exam and have proof of your academic or professional qualifications. Additionally, after arriving in the country, you may be required to undergo a second medical exam. Once you have been permitted entry to the country, you will be given your permit which you must carry at all times.

Immigrant population of Saudi Arabia by Country of Origin – 7,288,900 immigrants

Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population Country of Origin %age of immigrant Population
India 19.93% Bangladesh 6.13%
Pakistan 13.8% Sri Lanka 5.37%
Egypt 13.8% Sudan 3.83%
Yemen 12.27% Indonesia 3.83%
Philippines 7.67% Jordan 2.36%

 

Saudi Emigrants by Destination Country

Saudi Emigrants by Destination Country

CANADA

Canada is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. It is this availability of land and the Canadian welcoming attitude towards immigrants that attracts incoming immigrants annually. Of course, the human rights, property rights, quality of life, religious freedom, and well-developed public health and education systems are also a draw!

Canada currently has a population of approximately 36,000,000, 7,202,340 of those are immigrants from other nations. In addition to attracting immigrants from the United Kingdom and United States, Canada is a particularly attractive destination for many Asian countries. The United Kingdom is the largest source of Canada’s immigrants with some 674,746 individuals living there having come from the U.K. China is the second largest source of Canada’s immigrants with 543,573 immigrants living in Canada. Following that, India, the Philippines, Italy, the USA, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, and Vietnam.

Where many nations are less accepting of immigrant populations, Canada is rather unique in its position. The current demographics of Canada mean that without immigrants, the Canadian population will decline in the coming years. Immigrant populations are what helps to maintain the nation’s economy. Due to this, most Canadians are happy to accept incoming immigrants. One concern for Canadians, however, is the focus of immigrants on larger industrialized cities. Immigrants flock to these developed areas in search of work and cultural hubs, however, these are the areas that offer the most opportunity for Canadians as well.

So, how do you go about immigrating to Canada? Eligibility to immigrate to Canada depends on a variety of criteria. There are multiple immigration programs available through the Canadian government, for example, there is a skilled workers program, an immigrant investors program, a family sponsorship program, a refugee program, and an Atlantic immigration pilot program, among other programs.

Immigrant population of Canada by Country of Origin – 7,202,340 immigrants

Country of Origin %age of Immigrant the Population Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population
United Kingdom 9.37% United States of America 4.05%
China 7.55% Hong Kong 3.48%
India 7.17% Germany 2.77%
Philippines 4.9% Poland 2.76%
Italy 4.8% Vietnam 2.59%

 

Canadian Emigrants by Destination Country

Canadian Emigrants by Destination Country

THE UNITED KINGDOM

Ranked 3rd out of the top 80 countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, the United Kingdom is one of the world’s most developed nations and holds considerable world influence. Long seen as a destination for immigrants worldwide, the United Kingdom has seen increasing diversity in immigrant populations over the last few decades. This increase in diversity is likely a result of the quality of human and property rights as well as religious freedom and well-developed public health and education systems.

The United Kingdom currently has a population of 62,348,447, 6,955,738 of those are immigrants from other nations. Similar to Spain, the immigrating population to the U.K. is quite diverse hailing from countries all over the world. The biggest source of the U.K.’s immigrants, unsurprisingly, is India with some 657,792 of the immigrant population being Indian by birth. Second to India is Poland with 521,446 of the U.K’s population immigrating from Poland. Following these two nations, Pakistan, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Bangladesh, the USA, Jamaica, and Kenya are the largest contributors to the U.K’s immigrant population.

How do the British feel about immigrating populations? This very much depends on who you ask, particularly with Brexit looming over everyone’s heads. Many British feel that their culture is being diluted by foreign influence and their jobs are at risk due to the influx of workers willing to work for lower wages. Brexit has thrust this issue into the limelight, however, since a large portion of Britain’s immigrant population provide vital services that could not be filled adequately by native Britons. As the negotiations for Brexit continue, it seems that more and more British natives are being made aware of just how much the British economy depends on immigrants.

Current regulations for immigration to the United Kingdom are under scrutiny and likely to be revised with Brexit. As it currently stands, though, requirements for entry to the country vary depending on your reason for immigration. For most non-EU immigrants, entry to the country requires leave to enter the country. When granted, this may come with conditions and restrictions applied. You can read more about these restrictions and requirements.

Immigrant population of the United Kingdom by Country of Origin – 6,955,738 immigrants

Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population
India 9.46% South Africa 3.25%
Poland 7.5% Bangladesh 3.02%
Pakistan 6.49% United States of America 2.63%
Ireland 6.07% Jamaica 2.27%
Germany 4.31% Kenya 2.2%

 

British Emigrants by Destination Country

British Emigrants by Destination Country

SPAIN

Ranked 19th out of the 80 best countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, Spain is comprised of numerous semi-independent “communities.” The cultural influence of each of these historical kingdoms allows a nation of diverse and dynamic population. It is likely that this mixing pot of influence, as well as religious freedom and family-friendly atmosphere, is what appeals to many immigrants.

Spain currently has a population of 46,505,963, 6,900,547 of those are immigrants from other nations. The immigrating population to Spain is considerably diverse with people coming from Romania, Argentina, Ecuador, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Morocco. The largest number of immigrants come to Spain from Romania with 810,471 Romanian immigrants now living in the country. The second largest number of immigrants come to Spain from Morocco with 778,451 immigrants and following that is Ecuador with 519,123 immigrants.

The large and diverse patchwork of culture in Spain lures immigrants from all over the globe…but how do the Spanish feel about their increasing immigrant population? As it turns out, they are much more accepting than many other nations!

Xenophobia and conflicts between immigrants and nationals are rare in Spain. This almost welcoming attitude is thought to be a result of the existing diversity of the Spanish population. In a country that already embraces multiple cultures and religions, immigrants are rarely seen as a “threat” to the Spanish way of life. Despite Spain’s acceptance, however, immigrants still face a struggle with low salaries, high levels of unemployment, poverty, and job insecurity after settlement. Amid their economic crisis, however, Spain continues to accept many immigrants which only seems to worsen the quality of life for incoming populations. For many families, though, these effects of economic crisis are little of a deterrent.

So, just what does it take to immigrate to Spain? Amid increasing numbers of immigrants, Spain recently made reforms to their immigration policy, making things a little more confusing for those seeking entry. Depending on your reason for seeking entry to Spain, requirements for your application vary.

Immigrant population of Spain by Country of Origin – 6,900,547 Immigrants

Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population
Romania 11.75% Argentina 4.8%
Morocco 11.28% Bolivia 3.98%
Ecuador 7.52% Germany 3.95%
United Kingdom 5.96% France 3.66%
Colombia 5.45% Peru 2.68%

 

Spanish Emigrants by Destination Country

Spanish Emigrants by Destination Country

FRANCE

France is one of the world’s most influential countries. A democratic nation with a wealthy population, a significant percentage of France’s people fall into a high-income bracket. This wealth and economic stability may be what brings many immigrants to France’s door.

France currently has a population of 64,768,389, 6,684,842 of those peoples are immigrants from other nations. A vast percentage of these immigrants came to the country from neighboring countries and EU member-states like Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. Additionally, some 913,000 of France’s immigrants hail from Algeria, 840,000  from Morocco, and 762,0000 from Portugal.

The rich cultural heritage of France only continues to expand as the nation welcomes increasing diversity. How do the French feel about their increasing immigrant population? Well, the answer varies depending upon who you ask.

Many French are feeling an increasing strain from immigrants moving into the country, resulting in feelings of hostility. In light of the 2017 election of Emmanuel Macron, however, it appears that the French are less hostile towards immigration than many may have previously thought. As opposed to his more anti-immigration opponents in the presidential election, Macron believes that EU nations should be accepting of EU immigrants.

But what if you’re not an EU citizen? If you are seeking a life in France but are coming from a non-EU country, you must apply for a residence permit and display skills and talents that make you valuable to the country. It is likely that these regulations will become more strict in the future, however, as economic growth slows and unemployment slowly rises.

Immigrant population of France by Country of Origin – 6,684,842 Immigrants

Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population Country of Origin %Age of Immigrant Population
Algeria 13.67% Tunisia 4.52%
Morocco 12.58% Turkey 4.48%
Portugal 11.40% United Kingdom 2.58%
Italy 6.74% Germany 2.56%
Spain 5.45% Belgium 2.06%

 

French Emigrants by Destination Country

French Emigrants by Destination Country

AUSTRALIA

A wealthy country with a major presence in international organizations, Australia boasts quality of life, firm citizenship rights, opportunity for entrepreneurs, economic stability, and a large public services sector. In addition to job availability, Australia boasts a huge English-speaking population, a safe environment, and a high level of happiness among its citizens.

Australia currently has some 5.5 million immigrants. Over 1.2 million of those immigrants came from the United Kingdom and 486,000 from New Zealand. The remaining foreign-born population entered Australia from a variety of countries including India, China, Greece, Vietnam, and South Africa.

A very proud nation of people, Australia holds their cultural values dear which can cause some negative sentiment towards immigrants who are unwilling to integrate. With that said, however, the Australian immigration system is designed to ensure that incoming immigrants at least have something to offer. Under the current system, of the 190,000 non-humanitarian immigrants permitted entry to the country annually, around 66% must be skilled laborers. So, if you’re looking to immigrate to Australia but do not have skilled work potential, immigration is going to prove difficult.

What makes a skilled immigrant? Entrants to the country receive “points” that score their potential as skilled workers. Points are awarded for age, English proficiency, education, work experience, skills of accompanying family members, and any employment certifications.

Immigrants to Australia who do not get judged under this system are those with employer-nominations, workers in specific “in-demand” occupations, and any humanitarian applicants.

The Australian immigration system is currently under review and so things could change in the near future. Overall, however, if you have something to offer and don’t intend on being an obvious drain on the thriving economy, Australia is a beautiful and hospitable immigration destination.

immigrant population of Australia by Country of Origin – 5,22,408 Immigrants

Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population Country of Origin %age of Immigrant Population
United Kingdom 21.87% Vietnam 3.58%
New Zealand 8.82% Philippines 2.75%
China 5.35% Greece 2.54%
Italy 4.28% South Africa 2.4%
India 3.8% Germany 2.39%

 

Emigrants from Australia by Destination Country

Australian Emigrants by Destination Country

INDIA

When it comes to ranking the best countries in the world, India comes in at #25 out of the top 60 according to U.S. News. Despite this overall ranking, however, India makes it to the top ten when it comes to immigration-friendly countries.

With a population of over 1.3 billion people, India ranks as the second most populous country in the world. Despite their population size, however, India still is home to more than 5 million immigrants.

So, what is it that makes this such an appealing country to immigrants? A combination of low cost of living and immigration friendliness certainly puts India at the top of many immigrant’s lists. It is perhaps the low manufacturing costs and the fact that India ranks as #4 in the best countries to start a business that appeals to the entrepreneurial minded. The political climate in India is a concern, however, and before deciding to immigrate to the country, it’s important to fully research your destination state and city.

Although India is a popular country for immigrants, most of these immigrants are those seeking refuge from neighbouring countries. For these refugees, the limited resources and poor job market in India are far less concerning than they might be for citizens of free countries.

It is also worth noting, that although India has been a destination for over 5 million immigrants, some 15.6 million people have emigrated. 2.1 million of these emigrants headed for the United Arab Emirates and 1.6 million for the United States.

Immigrant population of India by Country of Origin – 5,436,012 Immigrants

Country of Origin % of Immigrant Population Country of Origin % of Immigrant Population
Bangladesh 60.69% China 0.47%
Pakistan 21.17% Malaysia 0.24%
Nepal 10.39% United Arab Emirates 0.23%
Sri Lanka 2.97% Afghanistan 0.15%
Myanmar 0.97% Bhutan 0.13%

 

Emigrants from India by Destination Country

Indian Emigrants by Country

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AUSTRALIA

Australia

Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses

Australia
Australia

Being the oldest,flattest and driest inhabited continent with the least fertile soils Australia has a landmass of 7,617,930 square kilometers (2,941,300 sq mi). A mega-diverse country, its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes, with deserts in the center, tropical rain forests in the north-east and mountain ranges in the south-east.

The highest point on the Australian mainland is Mount Kosciuszko, New South Wales, at 2228 meters above sea level. The lowest point is the dry bed of Lake Eyre, South Australia, which is 15 meters below sea level.

The mainland and Tasmania are surrounded by many thousands of small islands and numerous larger ones. Nearly 40 per cent of the total coastline length comprises island coastlines. As an island nation, coastlines play an important role in defining national, state and territory boundaries.

Nearly 20 per cent of Australia’s land mass is classified as desert. As well as having a low average annual rainfall, rainfall across Australia is also variable. The rainfall pattern is concentric around the extensive arid core of the continent, with rainfall intensity high in the tropics and some coastal areas.

Australia generates its income from various sources including mining-related exports, telecommunications, banking and manufacturing. Indigenous Australian rock art is the oldest and richest in the world, dating as far back as 60,000 years and spread across hundreds of thousands of sites.

Bradshaw rock
Bradshaw rock

The climate of Australia is significantly influenced by ocean currents, including the Indian Ocean Dipole and the El Niño–Southern Oscillation, which is correlated with periodic drought, and the seasonal tropical low-pressure system that produces cyclones in northern Australia.These factors cause rainfall to vary markedly from year to year. Much of the northern part of the country has a tropical, predominantly summer-rainfall (monsoon). The south-west corner of the country has a Mediterranean climate.The south-east ranges from oceanic (Tasmania and coastal Victoria) to humid subtropical (upper half of New South Wales), with the highlands featuring alpine and subpolar oceanic climates.

Immigration to Australia

According to Wiki, Immigration to Australia began when the ancestors of Australian Aborigines arrived on the continent via the islands of Maritime Southeast Asia and New Guinea.

Permanent European settlement began in 1788 with the establishment of a British penal colony in New South Wales. From early federation in 1901, Australia maintained the White Australia policy, which was abolished after World War II. Since 1945, more than 7 million people have settled in Australia. From the late 1970s, there was a significant increase in immigration from Asian and other non-European countries, making Australia a multicultural country.

On August 7 2018, Australian Bureau of Statistics population clock reached 25 million, with 62% of the growth in the last ten years being a result of immigration.

Australia Immigration Basic Requirements

Australia visa
Australia visa

There are a number of basic requirements that applicants must meet in order to be considered for the GSM program. While this is not a comprehensive list of all eligibility criteria, it does give a good idea of the minimum standards applicants must meet:

  • Age – you must be under 50 years of age when you apply.
  • English language – you should have sufficient ability in the English language to work in Australia (at least at competent level). This is measured through the International English Language Testing System
  • Qualifications – you must have your skills and qualifications assessed by the relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation.
  • Nominated occupation – when you apply you nominate a skilled occupation, which fits your skills and qualifications. Your nominated occupation must be found on the Skilled Occupations List.
  • Skills assessment – before you apply, you must have your skills assessed by the Australian assessing authority designated to assess your nominated occupation.
  • Health assessment – you must undergo a medical assessment, and show that you are in reasonably good health.
  • Character assessment – you must be of good character, usually this means a criminal record check.

 

Top Tourist Attractions in Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Tourism plays an important role in Australian economy, With so many wondrous landmarks which brings billions to the nation every year. makes Australia as one of finest tourist destination in the world, it can be difficult knowing where to start.

Below are List of Most Popular Tourist Destinations In Australia:

1.Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach

Bronzed bodies, blond sand, backpackers, and surf – throw it all together and you get one of the world’s most famous beaches. Only 15 minutes by car from the city center, Bondi Beach is home to one of the oldest surf life saving clubs in the world.

It’s also a great spot for a seaside stroll or picnic, and crowds of tourists and locals gather here to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year.

A great way to soak up the sea views is to stroll along the scenic Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, which begins at the southern end of the beach and follows the coastline for six kilometers along sandstone cliffs. Shops, cafes, and restaurants lie across the street from this famous coastal strip. Other attractions around the beach include the Sunday markets, ocean pool, and skate park. Take care when swimming at Bondi.

Strong rip tides often sweep unsuspecting swimmers out to sea, especially at the southern end of this kilometer-long strand, so swimmers should stay between the flags. There’s a reason the Aussies made a reality TV show called Bondi Rescue.

2. Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

Regarded as a 20th century architectural masterpiece, the Sydney Opera House was designed and built by architect, Jørn Utzon, to reflect the image of a huge sailing ship. It houses multiple venues that together host more than 1,500 performances each year.

Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Sydney Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens, the famous Opera House in Sydney is one of Australia’s most famous landmarks.

3. Uluru/Ayers Rock

Australia

One of the world’s largest monoliths, Ayers Rock is also one of the top tourist attractions in Australia. Located within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park of the Northern Territory, this large sandstone formation stands more than 340 meters (1,100 feet) high.

One of the rock’s peculiarities is that it changes colors dramatically at sunset from terra cotta to blue, violet and red. The local Aboriginal tribe, known as Anangu, call the rock Uluru and regard it as a sacred site.

4. Blue Mountains National Park

walk grand
walk grand

Blue Mountains National Park lies 81 kilometers west of Sydney and is a popular day trip from the city.

Named for the blue haze emanating from the many eucalyptus trees, this stunning park protects more than 664,000 acres of wilderness and encompasses dramatic gorges, waterfalls, aboriginal rock paintings, and 140 kilometers of hiking trails.

The most famous attractions in the park are the towering sandstone rock formations called the Three Sisters.

Other highlights include the Katoomba Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest, which whisks passengers down the Jamison Valley through a cliff-side tunnel into an ancient rainforest, and the Skyway, Scenic Cableway, and Scenic Walkway, which all offer elevated views of the dense forests.

Hiking, abseiling, rock climbing, mountain biking, and horseback riding are all popular things to do in the park.

5. Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park

Located in Australia’s Northern Territory, about three hours north of Darwin, Kakadu is the country’s largest national park.

There is a lot to see in Kakadu National Park, including a large concentration of Aboriginal rock art; some of which are estimated to be up to 20,000 years old.

This park is also home to many different species of wildlife, including wallabies, dingoes and crocodiles. In addition, Kakadu National Park, which is home to one-third of Australia’s bird species, is a birdwatcher’s dream.

6. Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

cradle mountain lodge
cradle mountain lodge

Cradle mountain located within the range of world heritage site of Tasmania, standing at the height of 5069 feet. The cradle mountain features wide variety of rock formations, beautiful landscapes and rich biodiversity of plants and animals.

Lake St Clair, The deepest freshwater lake of Australia also located within this mountain range.

The walking through dove lake loop track offers the visitors cool temperature and amazing view of ballroom forest. The visitors can also see many glacial formations within this mountain range. Many ancient plants and rare species of animals are also live within areas of cradle mountain.

7. Daintree Rainforest, Queensland

credit of image : By Killerscene – Own Work, Wikimedia, CC0

One of main tourist attraction in Queensland of Australia, spread across 1200 square kilometers, It is a home for many rare species of plants and insects. In fact daintree forest is the oldest tropical lowland forest in the world, have an age of 135 million years.

Daintree rainforest range also listed on UNESCO’s world heritage sites and over four lacks of people visited this site in every year.

The walking through Daintree rainforest with experienced guides gives you all sights and sounds of nature. The cruise along daintree river also bring close view of wildlife.

The fast flowing streams, Cassowary water falls and magnificent view of white sandy beaches also becomes best part of daintree rainforest exploration

8. Fraser Island, Queensland

Fraser island is the largest sand island in the world, covers an area of 184000 hectares and stretches over 200 kilometers. It is the only place in the world where you can see tall rain forest within sand, because of mycorrhizal fungi present in the sand of fraser island.

There are 100 different lakes linked with this island, some have tea colored water, some have deep blue water and some have clear water.

The coastal walk in fraser island offers spectacular view of ocean and different species of birds. The cruise tour bring close view of dolphins, turtles and sharks, from August to October you can also see migrating humpback whales.

The Eco-friendly resorts becomes one of main attractions in fraser island, sea view offering villas are also available.

9. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney harbour bridge is the largest steel arch bridge in the world, connects Sidney center business district with North shore. The bridge have length of 3770 feet and height of 440 feet, carries 8 roadlines, two railway lines and cycleways.

It took nine years for the construction of this bridge starting from 1923. Today this bridge becomes one of most photographed site in Australia, attracts thousands of visitors for bridge climbing.

The bridge climbing for tourist started in the year 1998. The authorities will take safely precautions like blood alcohol content reading and climb simulator. Visitors can choose day, twilight or night section for climbing over Sydney harbour bridge, will get stunning view of surrounding cities from top of the bridge.