Several people here have pointed out the traumatic part of "Going to a new country".
Several of these people have been from the US.
Now, in the US there are a few groups of people:
* Those who were standing on the shore when Mayflower appeared on the eastern horizon.
*Those who were on the Mayflower.
*Those who came later - more or less voluntarily.
*Those who came later - IN-voluntarily.
There seems to have been in the past some tradition for
"Going to a new country".
But, perhaps the present generation in the meantime has come to see
"Going to a new country"
as a traumatic experience.
There is no trauma geriatrix. The biggest barrier is language. If the woman does not speak English, then she will likely have a hard time living in America at least during the first year. Women who have some knowledge of the language and the willingness to imporve their language skills adapt well, some need more time than others, but most get along well. I don't know anyone who was brought to America involuntarily-:) that's pretty funny! you must be confusing America with Australia?
You all know me. The name is McMenace. I came to America some twenty odd years ago.
I think Geriatrix has a point, when PBS Frontline shows such documentaries as SEX SLAVES, which is about Ukranian girls being sold off into sexual slavery into other countries. There is a 2001 Isreali movie on this subject too, called THE HOLY LAND. Isreal is major destination.
Good to know wmferg! I know you're knowledgeable, but I'm rather impressed with geriatrix's interest in American history.
I dare to say the U.S. should be a much better place for an FSU woman than Europe. In Europe, there is a stigma about FSU women, they consider them all to be whores. Truth is these days probably two out of three hookers in West Europe are of Eastern European origin, so some people have made their conclusion: if she's from E. Europe, she's young, pretty, and loose. In the U.S. there aren't as many hookers of FSU origin as in Europe and people do not have that impression about FSU women anyway. The U.S. is also more tolerant on immigrants than any European country and is not flooded by Russian immigrants as W. Europe is. Russians are generally welcome here and are perceived rather favorably comparing to immigrants from other continents (Africa, SE Asia). So, in my view for a woman starting a new life, the U.S. is the right place to be.
I don't know anyone who was brought to America involuntarily-:) that's pretty funny! you must be confusing America with Australia?
Perhaps you do not.
But some time ago there was a certain tendency to buy people on the shores of Africa from certain Arabian slave-traders and transport people to America. -Certainly against their will!
You all know me. The name is McMenace. I came to America some twenty odd years ago, and I'm ashamed to report to you gentlemen that my English is still in the hoffenstein. What's to do?
I meant to say compensation, not repatriation.
I was actually thinking about the feeling/attitude about re-settling in a new country, not necessarily about all the other dark aspects of America's history.
With America's history of immigration, why would all the Americans here seem to view resettling in a new country as a very traumatic experience?
Apart from the Native Americans everybody else would have immigrants among their ancestors.