We are halfway through 2020, and coronavirus is still a present threat that might linger until the following months or years. Because of this, many people believe that its effects will remain for a much longer time. The global pandemic is not just a health risk in our current surroundings; it’s also a great motivator for higher immigration rates.
Realizing the capacities of every nation
Although the world is at a standstill, different countries’ responses to the pandemic vary drastically. Some nations have a better response to the healthcare crisis, while others are more effective in sustaining their economy. The multiple ways that a country handles its economic, societal, and political geography make citizens realize where their government’s priorities really lie.
Currently, most nations are barring visits from neighbouring countries to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19. Western citizens are going back to the West as the East does the same call to its nationals. However, the states and conditions of a person’s home country may not always be the best place to be at this moment.
Knowing the difference between green and red zones
The world’s division into “red zones” and “green zones” is one of the potential motivators for nationals to consider emigrating to another country. “Red zones” are nations that couldn’t implement the effective testing, treatment, and quarantine policies to battle the global pandemic. On the other hand, “green zones” are the countries that flattened the infection rate curve and are headed on the right track to economic stability.
One of the leading factors to be in the red zone is if a nation has densely populated urban areas. This is why New York City’s COVID-19 “attack rate” is much higher than its neighbouring states. Similarly, cities such as Madrid, Tokyo, and Seattle are also prime virus hotspots.
In contrast to compact and high-density cities, the countryside, with its wide-open spaces, is less affected by the disease. This is why many people across the globe are considering migrating to provinces to avoid the risk of infection.
Putting priorities where it counts
Besides the population density of an area, another important factor for migration is the quality of healthcare that a region has. Many people now realize the importance of healthcare due to the considerable expenses that being infected will bring. Countries such as Britain, Germany, and Canada are the top choices for people who want to experience fair and just health aid for its citizens.
One of the leading examples of proper prioritization is New Zealand and Taiwan’s handling of the global pandemic. Their focus on effective disease control practices puts them as a model example of what a government should do to protect its people.
However, its healthcare system is far from reaching Canada’s quality and capacity. Ever since Trump’s election, Americans’ migration to Canada is quickly on the rise, with Canada’s net immigration ranking now higher than America. Many more Americans and would-be international immigrants are projected to move to Canada once travel bans are lifted.
Almost all countries are still trying to find their stable footing against the COVID-19 pandemic. Although your country is experiencing distress, you should remember that you have the opportunity to move to the greener pasture of your choice. It’s an investment that you will value in the long term as you realize the true quality of living you can expect to have in your current country.
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