So, what factors go in to the decision making process for this crucial step in life? Like a true consultant, the answer is ‘it depends’. I can hear you smiling and thinking this guy is copping out, but if you think about it, it really depends on each family unit and their desires and aspirations and most importantly the fire from within. R2I is not about making SWOT analysis to come to conclusions, but about thinking through various factors and ultimately making decision based on your inner calling. Regardless of the analysis and the time put in to the decision making process, there will be surprises, both good and bad. So, it is important to have a time bound decision making process and go with your heart.
Here are some of the things seen discussed in the context of R2I. Of course, these may or may not be applicable to you. Also, the importance you give to various factors will solely depend on your family unit and it is NOT equal..
When R2I is discussed, people discuss it based on the country they had left behind. People talk of the golden environment they know off. This image is some what frozen in their mind and that’s the country they would want to go back. But, like anything else in life, things have changed and that applies to
Yes, it is true that there is an economic boom in
But, the R2I decision should not be based on the job market alone. Job front should be just one of the factors that should be taken in to account. Our careers are just one part of our life and other factors like quality of life, social network, personal space, sense of belonging etc., should be taken in to account as well.
Family – Parents
This is a frequently considered reason for many R2I decisions. Most of the first generation immigrants would have their parents back in
Family – Kids
Another popular R2I reason is that kids are starting grow under the influence of alien culture and behave differently from their parents. So parents decide to return to
Sense of Belonging
Some people have a sense of insecurity and feel outsiders in their adopted country. This feeling gets exacerbated at times of job loss, personal emergencies or tragic events and major terrorist incidents. Even some normal life events like kids dating could be perceived as emergencies and can ignite the feeling R2I.
As I mentioned earlier, R2I decision should come from the heart and must be strongly internalized for it to be successful. Give allowance for issues and frictions and do not give undue importance to one factor at the expense of other aspects of your life.
Remember, you don’t need to give reasons for your R2I decision to anyone but you and your immediate family must be convinced of this major step.
Next R2I planning (Hopefully, I won’t take a month to come up with my next post.)