While a lot of people in the US are afraid of immigration and immigrants, there are others who are actually leaving our homeland and relocating abroad. While destinations like Europe, Canada or even Central or South America might not be as surprising, the number of young Americans in their 20s and 30s moving to Asia is actually increasing and one of the surprisingly popular destinations is actually Singapore.
Before we dive into the fascinating reasons for that to be happening, we should make it clear that the numbers are not that large and would barely register on the scales of US demographics. Still, the personal stories and the personal motivation for young adults to be making the move often straight out of college is quite interesting and could help us look at both our internal and external politics with a bit of a changed attitude.
So let’s look at some of the reasons for people to leave the US and move to Singapore.
Experiencing Something New
Despite the fact that many people have other reasons to move to Singapore besides this one, it’s actually the most common secondary reason for young US citizens to take the leap. Experiencing a new culture and going on an adventure is something that sound quite appealing to many young people and some are brave enough to follow that urge to the other side of the world. And for those who do, Singapore is actually an excellent choice. It has vastly multicultural society that is quite accepting of foreigners, it has well-developed infrastructure and a lot of tourist attractions and it can be an excellent starting point for exploring the whole region. It’s just a fascinating place full of fascinating people that is well worth exploring.
An Impressive Job Title (CV Enhancement)
While finding a job that would look good on your CV when you haven’t had much professional experience yet might be quite difficult in the US, a young American with a recently-acquired degree might actually find a few nice prospects in Singapore. This small Asian country has a booming economy that relies a lot on international trade and US professionals be it even inexperienced ones are actually considered an asset especially for companies that do a lot of business with the US and the not so distant Australia and New Zeeland. This allows young Americans to find jobs with nice titles and competitive remuneration that could also put them in a better position to find a good job back home if they decide to come back in a few years with a CV enhanced by their unique experience abroad.
Opportunities for Personal and Professional Growth
Singapore is a really modern country with a very technological society. Simply living in Singapore can teach an outsider a lot about efficiency, technology, infrastructure and the integrated society and there are many professions that could benefit from being exposed to the Singaporean way of doing this. Additionally, the country has a very well-developed educational systems and many expats devote time to taking advantage of it by taking part-time courses or by hiring a private tutor Singapore. Individuals can really grow while living in Singapore and one of the special things they can do there is learning languages like Mandarin Chinese or Tamil (popular in India) that would also put them in better positions when they come back to the US and are trying to find a job in a multinational corporation since knowing a popular Asian language can be a great asset for the company.
Other People in Their Lives
Besides the three main reasons a person might want to live and work in Singapore at least for a while, there are also many stories that are actually much more personal and involve a more personal connection to Singapore and to people that live or want to live there. First of all, some American citizens might be from Singaporean descend and might want to spend some time near their relatives there while others might be married or in a romantic relationship with Singaporean nationals which might also justify a move.