People have a lot to say about immigration. Immigrants come to the U.S. and to other countries for many reasons. Some immigrants go to another country to escape religious or political persecution, some for better jobs, and others come to make a better life for themselves and their families.

When we move to a new place, more often than not, we experience some sort of “culture shock.” These experiences range from adapting to customs and languages that are completely different from what we knew, to getting used to people speaking differently in our new home. Sometimes we feel like we don't belong to the place we left behind, but we don't quite fit in our new home either.

Immigration has been a reality for centuries and will continue to be in the future. Sharing your experiences will greatly help those who are thinking of immigrating. Your experiences may help them learn how to adapt to a new language or culture, help avoid certain dangers, or learn what the advantages and disadvantages of immigration are.

Tell us your experiences as an immigrant. How did you get to your destination country? What paperwork did you have to file? What positive and/or negative experiences have you had as an immigrant?

Feel free to write your experiences the way you wish. You can use your own ideas, or use the questions below as a guide. In the event you use a question, you should only answer that question. You may also answer several questions in separate entries and allow us to choose the best one for the book. Whatever your preference, only a maximum of 2,000 characters will be published.

Click on the question you wish to answer:

 

What were your reasons for immigration?
How did you get to your destination country?
What problems did you face on the way?
Who helped you? Did anyone lie to you or rob you?
What were the first days in your new country like?
How did you obtain papers? Were they legitimate or falsified?
How did you get your first job in your new country?
What was the hardest thing for you at first?
What funny experience(s) do you remember from your first days in your new country?
What sad experience(s) do you remember from your first days in your new country?
Did you already speak the language spoken in your new country, or did you have to learn it? Explain.
How did you overcome fear of failure?
What were your dreams when you arrived in your new country and what are they now?
What do you miss about your old country, and what do you like about your new one?
Do you feel like you belong in your new country? Why or why not?
What did you have to do gain legal status in your new country?
Did the government in your new country give you any help? How did you get that help?
Who lent you a hand during your first years in your new country?
What would you tell an immigrant to avoid?
Do you live in an immigrant community in your new country? What is this community like?
What are some things people do not know about filing for legal status?
What are the steps an immigrant should follow in his or her new country?
If you could return to your country of origin, would you do it? Why or why not?
What would have to change in your country of origin for you to want to return?
What did you gain or lose by immigrating to another country?
I want to tell my story my way.

 
 

Your story or anecdote will be published under a pseudonym or your real name followed by your age, city, state or province, and country in parentheses. Example: Efrén Gutiérrez (age 32, Chicago, Illinois, USA). It is your choice to use your name or not. However, for administrative purposes, you will need to give contact information. This information is kept confidential. This information will not be published or shared with anyone under any circumstance, unless you instruct us otherwise in writing. See Participation Requirements for more information.

100 Plus TRUE STORIES: Immigration is a book that will be published under the Cambridge BrickHouse Books (CBH Books) label. This book will form part of the 100 Plus TRUE STORIES series. The objective of this series is to collect and share life experiences so that readers may identify with and/or learn from them.

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