Immigrants struggle with getting a job

If you plan to move to a new country in the future or you’re an immigrant right now, this article will help to highlight some of the issues that could stand in your way when looking for a job.

In most instances, the problems migrants face relate to communication. However, some other stumbling blocks could prevent you from starting a new life and earning a salary for your family.

Most of my posts focus so much on communication because it’s no fuss. And it’s really absurd how some people treat a person who can’t communicate in a certain language forgetting that if this person were communicating in his/ her mother tongue, the situation will be a whole lot different.

But such is life!

I believe that after reading this post, you’ll find yourself in a better position to avoid the worst instances and find a suitable job.

How to get a job as an immigrant

Language Barriers

There is no getting away from the fact that language barriers can prevent people from communicating correctly, and that is something employers hate. For that reason, it’s crucial that all immigrants take the time to learn the language of their host country according to experts like AJ Hoge.

In most situations, you won’t need to speak the language fluently unless you plan to apply for high-flying roles. For instance, if you’re a manual worker who will spend your time in factories and warehouses, the language barrier is often just a safety issue.

So, you only need to complete a couple of basic courses to improve your prospects and make yourself attractive to employers.

Foreign Qualifications

Sometimes immigrants will apply for suitable roles based on their qualifications. The issue is that some foreign companies will not recognize degrees and certificates you gained overseas.

As someone originally from a third world country, I can tell you this because I’ve been there. It can be sad most times but it’s also quite understandable especially if it’s a regulated profession you intend to pursue.

At the very least, most employers will research the college and attempt to find out if it is genuine or not. And there are companies that will accept you either way. So stay positive.

There is a vast online industry in fake qualifications these days, and so business owners have to tread carefully when it comes to that issue.

Still, it’s possible to check online before you arrive in the country to ensure your qualifications are above board in that nation. So, just research as much as possible.

If you have the available resources, you can also take a short course/ program in your host country and this can be added to your previous qualifications which will give you higher chances of getting employment.


Unfortunately, there are some places in the world where discrimination is rife, and employers refuse to offer jobs to foreigners even when doing so infringes on their rights.

While it’s technically illegal to discriminate in the workplace and you could take the company to court, only a few immigrants can afford to do that. Some immigrants must have used their last available resources to travel, get accommodation, need to eat, bla.. bla.. with no current job. A court case is the last thing on their radar.

Also, the costs involved make the practice unviable. The best way to avoid discrimination during the employment process is to focus your efforts on firms that already employ a lot of workers from overseas.

Thankfully, I’ve never felt discriminated in any way as an immigrant. And even if I were to be discriminated, I always remind myself that I’m special and no one has the right to control my happiness.

Staying regularly positive will help you negate the thought that you are being discriminated. At least, that’s what I choose to believe.

You should now have a better understanding of the reasons some immigrants struggle to find employment when moving to a new country. Now you have a decent grasp of the situation; you can use it to give yourself a fighting chance of success.

Make sure you learn the language, check to ensure your qualifications are suitable, and avoid companies known for discrimination. If you do that, you should manage to find a relevant job and start your new life in the best way possible. Now all you have to worry about is registering to pay tax.

I hope this post has helped you. If you enjoyed it, let me know in the comment section.

Also, are you an immigrant and do you have a story to share about your job search in your host country? Share with me and others below, I love it when I hear back from you.

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*This is a collaborative post.