I was struck by this NY Times op-ed and its focus on a topic not usually reported on in mainstream media –the difficulty of adjusting to life in our globalized economic marketplace: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/opinion/many-still-live-with-homesickness.html?_r=1&emc=eta1
“ACCORDING to a recent Gallup World Poll, 1.1 billion people, or one-quarter of the earth’s adults, want to move temporarily to another country in the hope of finding more profitable work. An additional 630 million people would like to move abroad permanently.” This number might or might not include the 3.3 million students studying outside their home country. Those of us working on college campuses have direct contact with students, scholars and researchers from around the world – but no matter what purpose one has for leaving one’s home country, it is not an easy transition and often comes with a lot of deeply felt emotional baggage.
The world is flatter, but, this does exacerbate the impact of the transitions we make as we move around the planet. As the writer says, “Technology also seduces us into thinking that migration is painless.”