The state of the second citizen

She inched her way towards the crown, a smile spreading across her face. She held it; she wore it. And then it was unceremoniously snatched away from her…

This, dear friends, is how it feels like living in country that you cannot call your own. Days after days of being the runner up. Years and years spent knowing that you are the alien, the outcast.

Then why do so many of us chose to do this? Surprisingly enough it is not difficult to analyse the patterns of human migration.It boils down to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

Food and shelter, the most basic of human needs are not available in most developing and undeveloped societies. Hence the fascination with the affluent west where dreams come true.

When confronted with the need to survive people chose to give up their freedom to explore what they expect would be greener pastures.

But are all expatriates the result of poverty and lack of opportunity?No. For some it has become a mere way of life. Ignorance really is bliss for such people, completely unaware of what they might be missing out on.

With countries becoming increasingly conscious of their own populations there is a real threat for the large expatriate communities in countries across the world.

While the hubs of human migration, The United States, Europe and the Middle East are closing doors to enthusiastic job seekers, the number of people craving to live abroad are increasing by the minute.

According to the GMAC Global, the expatriate workforce is changing shape drastically and with increasing speed – certain key demographics which have not changed much for decades have suddenly begun to slide.

Will this signal in hope for countries like India and China which lose a wealth of its manpower to their western counterparts?

Can we hope for our men and women to be brought back home… or will they still want to be second citizens?


3 thoughts on “The state of the second citizen

  1. Probably the inertia will lead them on!

    When it comes to opening up indigenous markets like India, the west preaches about gloabalization; then when it comes to own skin it becomes so insular!

    By the way there are lots of westerners staying and working in Indian cities too and the number is increasing!

    Yes the middle east like UAE situation is pretty bad with exodus of expats returning to homeland in the wake of recession!

    In the next 20 years the action will be in India, if I were pretty younger i would have packed up!

  2. It is a case of ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it too’. So people choose their priority – self respect may have to be sacrificed for the sake of other goals. Some cannot make such compromises, while most do. They harden their hearts, ignore the issues and adapt.
    I wonder if foreigners in India are treated as second citizens…

    1. I’m pretty sure thet are not… What with the fascination Indians have for anything outside India, they are often even treated as demi gods. but there are reports of discrimination even in India… Especially places like West bengal, Keral and so on

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