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Old 28.01.2011, 21:28
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Considering moving to Switzerland from Japan

Dear readers,

I am an International Student of Technology Management in Japan. I have options to move to UK, US, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Canada as an Exchange student , but I want to go to a place where I could get settled permanently.

One important thing I would like to mention here is I am a moderate Muslim and at the same time I need safety and I need a country where I could live peacefully and become an entrepreneur. I am fan of Switzerland, I dont know why I love this country and the higher education institutions in Switzerland.

Please some one guide me what are the merits of moving to Switzerland as an Exchange student , thinking to get settled there permanently
1. What are the long terms prospects of Switzerland as compare to UK, US and other european countries
2. What is the attitude of Swiss people towards foreigners.
3. What are the job and business prospects in switzerland
4. How expensive the country is as compare to Japan, US, UK etc

I would highly appreciate your comments, please feel free to comment considering me as a Muslim. Because this is life time decision I am gona make and I need your sincere advise. May God reward you for your guidance.

RGZ
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Old 28.01.2011, 22:05
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Re: Moving Switzerland Permanently

I moved here from the UK so can at least compare Switzerland to there for you!

In terms of price the UK is ALOT cheaper - cheaper rent, food, drink, everything really. Everything here seems very expensive to me, but then again if you work here you get paid alot more than you do in England to make up for the prices!

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One important thing I would like to mention here is I am a moderate Muslim and at the same time I need safety and I need a country where I could live peacefully
From my experience here it is very peaceful and you will have no bother, the crime rates here are so so low compared to the UK.

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To be honest, most of the people I've met here are foreigners! There are so many french, german, italian and english people living here, you won't feel out of place!

Your job prospects may depend on how much German/Swiss you know, but you can always take classes for that.

Hope that helps, and good luck!
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Re: Moving Switzerland Permanently

Another problem you need to consider is that, Switzerland seems to be the hardest country to immigrate to, specially from non-European union countries. Language is another problem. You need to start learning a new language from the very beginning. The culture difference is also a concern. Eastern and western cultures are so different that it takes at least several years to get really integrated into this society.
But as for the country itself, I quite like it. It is a small country without crowded people and with beautiful natural views. The life rhythm here is not very fast. Politics are good, people are well educated and nice, the list can go on...
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Re: Moving Switzerland Permanently

Both Switzerland, Denmark and Norway have quite restrictive immigration rules unless you are employed so take note of that

In general there are good options for foreigners to work in Switzerland even quite a few places where local language (German/French) is not a requirement
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As a matter of interest, being resident on this boat, where to?
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Re: Moving Switzerland Permanently

Have you thought about using another country as a stepping stone toward Switzerland?

For example, Australia being the country that I know, is seeking highly skilled immigrants. As a part of the Asia/Pacific Australia is culturally diverse and accepting of many cultures. Since you already speak English you shouldn't have a problem on that front. As for the religion side of things did you know that there are more practising Muslims in Australia than Christians? (ie going to church every week - so quoteth my mum).

Having said this, stick to a big city. Work hard, get promoted, get more educated including different languages, and seek out your next step.
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I moved here from the UK so can at least compare Switzerland to there for you!

In terms of price the UK is ALOT cheaper - cheaper rent, food, drink, everything really. Everything here seems very expensive to me, but then again if you work here you get paid alot more than you do in England to make up for the prices!



From my experience here it is very peaceful and you will have no bother, the crime rates here are so so low compared to the UK.



To be honest, most of the people I've met here are foreigners! There are so many french, german, italian and english people living here, you won't feel out of place!

Your job prospects may depend on how much German/Swiss you know, but you can always take classes for that.

Hope that helps, and good luck!
Thank you very much for useful information.
The only reason I am moving from Japan to Switzerland, is because Japan seems to be more expensive and high language barrier. Even in public or train station you hardly find somebody who speaks English. Apart from that Japanese people are very friendly, and welcoming, although they are very reserved but generally you wont feel difficulty to live in Japan for short term, but while considering living here for long term seems to be difficult. I agree with you that most of the people are foreigners in Switzerland, but at the same time, I heard that they are more racist. I think Switzerland still has great potential of growth , even at the moment it is one of the most stable country in terms of economic nd political stability.

I am graduate student of business with combination of computer science, Instead of looking for job I would rather prefer to start my own setup of IT consultancy, I think that would eliminate the language barrier problem.

any way thanks for your comments. I am looking for some institutions like St Gallon ETH and EPFL for exchange, hopefully I will get that till the end of the year lets see what happens.

Like which cities have no more language requirements to work
thanks for your reply

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Have you thought about using another country as a stepping stone toward Switzerland?

For example, Australia being the country that I know, is seeking highly skilled immigrants. As a part of the Asia/Pacific Australia is culturally diverse and accepting of many cultures. Since you already speak English you shouldn't have a problem on that front. As for the religion side of things did you know that there are more practising Muslims in Australia than Christians? (ie going to church every week - so quoteth my mum).

Having said this, stick to a big city. Work hard, get promoted, get more educated including different languages, and seek out your next step.
Yes, that s true,
I think Australia seems to not that developed as Switzerland, I love the long standing economically stable country like Switzerland
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Re: Considering moving to Switzerland from Japan

Maybe you should check out this post from one very disillusioned fellow.
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Re: Considering moving to Switzerland from Japan

Thank you guys for your information, we can help each other before making any decision. I really appreciate and obliged to you guys and girls.

Well,

In japan.
The Japanese people are very welcoming and helpful, even if they dont speak english they will try their best to help you out. In terms of economy, I can easily get a white color job for at least GBP 4448/month and 53,381.7.

I am studying in one of the best university here and have connection to the top influential people in Japan through my faculty members and I can get hired by these business men using my references. Apart from Job I can start my own company partnering with any Japanese Business man (This is one option).

This is one of the most safest country in the world, the best transportation system, but you get lost in Japan if you planned to live here for long time, you will loose your identity , no recognition most probably no immigration, only money making machine.

Whereas in US and UK they have the best immigration system that allow foreigners to easily integrate into their society.

About Switzerland. you guys keep on posting.

Thanks once again
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