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How can you transition from refugee to successful citizen?

If you are a refugee, transplanted in an unfamiliar country, chances are you are facing uncertainty regarding your future, well-being and personal success. Fortunately, through your determination to overcome the stigma often associated with being a refugee, you can absolutely transition to your newfound freedom, lifestyle and home in California.

The Huffington Post recently shared the story of a successful CEO who was once a refugee in a new country. In the article, the businessman shared his tips for how you can overcome the challenges of immigration and achieve success. These suggestions include the following:

  • Seek opportunity: Rather than wait for success to find you, take the initiative to search for opportunities around you. These can be found in your community, workplace or religious affiliation and can be leveraged to your advantage.
  • Overcome poverty: Often, refugees like yourself find themselves struggling to get by in a new country. However, never allow poverty or lack of abundant resources to be the reason you do not succeed. Think creatively and put your problem-solving skills to the test in finding solutions to setbacks and learning new ways of doing things.
  • Know your dream: Stay focused on your dreams. While you may be tempted to think that your childhood dreams are out of reach, consider what steps you need to take in order to achieve what you desire. Keep your goals realistic and do not be afraid to take risks.

Take advantage of people who are willing to mentor you and help you out along the way. Often, these interactions can flourish into your most successful relationships.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

 

 

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