Exit rates are high for naturalized Taiwanese, Iranians, and Japanese Canadians. There are many reasons why people choose to repatriate – nostalgia, health problems, lack of work opportunities, cultural differences, and many others. At the same time, adjusting to life back home involves certain challenges. Many people experience the “expat flu” and have to deal with issues such as schooling, pet relocation, re-registering with the taxation authorities, shipping companies, and more. Expats have lost promotional opportunities while living abroad. Moreover, they have learnt new skills in their new environment, which they might not need back home. Some people join culture shock support groups and training programs. And while expats face many challenges, many choose to return home. Why? Today, it is cheaper, safer, and quicker to travel than before. Some people never intended to stay their whole lives in Canada. And people have families left behind. Blood is thicker than water and drives return immigration.
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