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Well you are in the same position like millions of (wanting) to be immigrants. I can hear you...because I am an immigrant too. For some (unknown) reason I always wanted to live in foreign country. When I was 18 I tried UK (having some relatives there and being able to speak sort of English language).Then I had to go back to Serbia cause my Mum became terminally ill and died soon. I had to take care of my younger brother so I stayed...then got married...and I abounded my dream.
But the destiny knew it better.
At the time when we decided to leave Serbia in 1993 (loosing any hope that the hell will somehow go away) we obviously would rather want to stay in Europe (closer to home) but...Europe wouldn't take us. We were not refugees (being from Serbia) so we couldn't go that path. We had to go trough point system. Even those from Bosnia had a rough path to EU as I understood (except in Scandinavia).Europe was closed for us Serbs from Serbia. So we had to look where it was "open". For educated Serbs from Serbia at the time there was two ways: Canada and New Zealand. Especially cause they were not that strict about language requirements.
Yes, if they NEED you they are not that strict. And to Canada and New Zealand at the time immigrated many highly educated and well experienced Serbs with their families...engineers, doctors, pilots...As I understand most of them found pretty good jobs in their field and are doing well. Because they were needed they had been given chance to work. There was an immigration officer in New Zealand who we managed to know personally later. He told us that they did not expect much of us but they are interested in our children. All though many of those Serbian families ended up here in Australia for better jobs, later.
But Europe is another story. Do not know much but looks like even those well educated Poles (now in EU) did not have same chance in UK...or am I wrong?
I do not want to be rough, but man it looks like you screwed your life big time. Your 43, leave your dreams in EU and look for the place where you can have decent life for the start (it's not easy though in the middle of this crises).... Everything else will follow...
There was a good saying in the movie "Curios case of Benjamin Button" that goes something like this: "My child I hope you'll do good in your life but even more I hope that if you stray away from good you'll have courage to get back and start it all over again" or something like that...That's what I pray for my children ...
Do not wait for the charity to save you. Or go to extremes like French Legionary.  It's not that we all live where we would like to live...Sometimes it's bad luck that follow us (all though this shouldn't be excuse) but most of the time it's about our choices ...


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 08:48:53 AM EST
First of all, as one individual American, let me apologize for what we did as a country to Serbia.

As I stated, I was married to a Russian for eight years.  She was extremely critical of Serbians crying "Slavic Brotherhood" after years of defying the Soviet Union but there was still an understanding of average Serbs and their point of view.  We, the US, absoloutely ignored that.

She was also critical of the Polish side of my family calling Poles the "prostitutes of Europe".  But she was half Tartar and half Russian, so what do you expect?

Unfortunately, I no longer have home or family back in the US.  What I have is here in Europe.  If I went back, I would be there with a suitcase at the airport and then what?  On the street I imagine.

I guess if my dreams fail here in the EU, I could probably look toward Costa Rica, at least the have great surfing.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Fl÷te! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 09:17:18 AM EST
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"Unfortunately, I no longer have home or family back in the US.  What I have is here in Europe."

:) Unfortunately, or fortunately. I think you should just focus on that and on the consequences of it, and things will begin falling into place. Don't give up hope.

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! (Martin Luther King)

by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot franša) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 09:44:45 AM EST
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Why don't you try Australia? You can get permanent residency up to 45 years of age. English is obviously not a problem for you. And I guess they may not have that many people that can teach here (especially languages).All my friends that were teaching found job here.
And Australia is great country for living and a very nice one.It's not perfect ...but hey there is no paradise on Earth.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 09:49:58 AM EST
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and I would be able to take up surfing again, just the great whites put a damper on it.

I'll google the Aussie embassy, I almost made the point system for New Zealand a couple of years ago due to education, only a couple of points short for that year.

But the surfing is better in Australia (though I should probably sell my x-country skies)

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Fl÷te! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 10:02:39 AM EST
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Even if you manage to pass point system for New Zealand you can freely come to live in Australia after becoming citizen.Have a closer look to both countries.And once you have permanent residence you are practically equal to citizens (at least after 2 years I think).In New Zealand you can even vote (which I am not so enthusiastic about any more) but here in Australia you need to be citizen to vote.
Actually when I look at it ( on the surface) Europe has/had much more of the security (pensions, health , work ) then those overseas countries but on the other hand from what I have heard they do not treat immigrants nowhere near equally to other citizens like those countries  overseas).  
As for surf the ocean is at least pretty worm here ( as opposed to New Zealand).

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 10:21:00 AM EST
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Jeffersonian Democrat:
I could probably look toward Costa Rica, at least the have great surfing.

lol, stop reading my mind...

if we all end up on portu-peas level, that's a hell of a free asset few europeans even have tried.

i'll see ya out there in the surf

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 07:42:32 AM EST
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