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Landing a Job Abroad

If you chose or were forced to work abroad, you would be one of the many millions of migrants moving to another country in order to work.

Woman holding poster saying We Work Hard. Foto.

Make sure you understand these words before you read the text. Use the dictionary in the link collection to look up new words:

  1. migrant
  2. develop
  3. originated
  4. tempting
  5. acquire
  6. cope
  7. entails
  8. challenge
  9. peruse
  10. efficient
  11. disappointment
  12. compete
  13. resident
  14. attractive
  15. application
  16. hire
  17. adapt
  18. suitable
  19. skill
  20. internship
  21. strive
  22. hone
  23. crucial
  24. opportunity
  25. persistent
  26. fumble
  27. trustworthy
  28. anonymity
  29. embarrass
  30. gratitude
  31. volunteer

Landing a Job Abroad


Some UN Migration statistics UN Migration

  • International migrants in 2005 were 191 million on a global basis.
  • The number living in a developing country and coming from another developing country (South to South migrants) was about the same as the number living in a developed country and coming from a developing country (South to North migrants).
  • Percent of migrants living in different areas: Europe 34%, North America 23%, Asia 28%, Africa 9%, Latin America and Caribbean 3%, Oceania 3%
  • Nearly half of all migrants worldwide are women. There are more women than men migrants in the developed countries.
  • Nearly 6 out of every 10 highly-educated migrants living in OECD countries in 2000 originated in developing countries.

Further information: International Migration 2009

Pros and Cons of Working Abroad

Working abroad may be tempting for many reasons, for instance, to learn about other cultures and to acquire skills, e.g. foreign languages, new techniques, that may be hard to come by in one's home country. It also shows future employers that one is capable of coping with everything that living abroad entails. Thus, besides encouraging personal development, working abroad may give one a certain edge in today's competitive job market. However, the international job market isn't without its challenges.

Sist oppdatert 14.05.2018
Skrevet av Lars Aunaas og Anne Scott Hagen


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