By Roseline Souebele 

Like the monarch butterflies that migrate from the Great Lakes of Canada to warm, central Mexico, thousands of people move from one place to another every day around the globe. Moving can be very rewarding, or can feel like an endless beginning. For those fleeing a war zone or persecution, things are very complicated. You lose confidence and trust and see danger everywhere. You feel traumatized and broken. 

So, moving to a new country is never easy. We end up feeling that nothing belongs to us for long, and that we never own things for life. How can we learn to live with these feelings, so that we live to our full potential? 

A key to helping you find peace is the place you end up, which should be a place to help you not only recover, but rebuild yourself in rising again. Maine has been such a place for many people. Here it is possible to start to build a new life and learn new things, including new languages, but it is very difficult. That’s what I am doing. 

To build a life you have to learn English, so if you come from a French-speaking area of the world, and you move to an English one, like me, you will need to learn an additional language. Also, you will need new friends. These can open you to a new career, new business opportunities, or new opportunities for fun and relaxation while you build up your cultural knowledge. You will expand your mind and discover new places. With Maine as a destination, you can enjoy beautiful landscape, beaches, and parks – such a gift from Mother Nature. 

But moving to a new country can be very tough and disappointing. The loss of friends, and familiar food, and home can lead to depression. Also, asylum seekers and refugees usually lose significant ground in their career paths, while they update their credentials according to the requirements of the new country and work on learning the English language. Further schooling is often required. 

So, moving to a new country is never easy. We end up feeling that nothing belongs to us for long, and that we never own things for life. How can we learn to live with these feelings, so that we live to our full potential?