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Looking for Brits’ opinions on expat and new immigrant meetup/support groups

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“Come and join our Punching The Air While Celebrating On-Cue Expat Group … it’s really fun!”

Been a busy week for people wanting to pick our readers’ brains!

Next up is Ryerson student Lauren who wants your opinion on expat and similar groups. We featured the Toronto Brit Meetup Group a while back, but there must be more out there that Lauren can chat to.

“I’m a journalism student at Ryerson University and for an assignment I am writing about expat and new immigrant meetup/support groups and how they help or hinder newcomers to Canada in integrating into Canadian society. I was wondering if you have been involved in any such groups and if you’d be willing to talk with me about your experience, or if you know other people who have done so and might be helpful.”

Some example questions …

  • How did expat groups help you settle in? Do you feel like they helped you join in with wider Canadian society (beyond other expats)?
  • Do you feel “just” British, “just” Canadian or both? Why/what makes you feel that way?
  • Do you think you’ve become “Canadianized”? Which country do you think you fit in with better now?
  • Is your social group now mainly made up of Canadians, other expats (either British or not), or a mix of both? How does that compare to when you first moved here? (if here for longer)
  • Do you see yourself staying in Canada, returning to Britain or moving somewhere else long-term?
  • If you have lived as an expat in another country, how does your experience there compare with your experience in Canada? What made it easier/harder to establish a life there?

“I would be interested in talking to both recent newcomers, people who have been in Canada for years and everything in between. I would start with a fairly quick (10-15 minute) phone conversation and if people would be willing to meet in person for a more in-depth discussion than is easy to do over the phone, that would be great. If anyone is part of an expat meetup group that has an event/gathering coming up, that I could join in with, I’d love to do that too.

“The assignment is due in mid-April, but I’d like to hear from people as soon as possible, not to rush you!”

So, if you’d like to help Lauren out and tell her about your experiences, please e-mail her at lauren DOT lydia DOT der AT ryerson DOT CA — and thanks in advance!

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Find the best manor to live in Toronto with other Brits

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Mainly Tottenham fans, with a small pocket of Arsenal

So you’re moving to Toronto, a new city and experience. But where’s the best manor to live in if you want to be near other Brits? (Or not, if you prefer!)

We have an (unpaid) guest article from the guys at Navut that may help you.

Why is Navut useful for British expats in Canada?

Moving can be a very daunting experience, and that goes quadruple for a Brit who has to get used to the large diversity of the landscapes and how drastically different each city and even the climate may be from one part of the country to the other.

So many unforeseeable variables can come into play when moving to a new country, making the expat experience both exhilarating and a bit frightening.

Even migrating to a friendly nation like Canada can be complicated, as there is so much an expat may not know about the country and its major cities.

A web service tailored to anyone moving to or within Canada, Navut removes a large chunk of the stress for British expats, namely by ensuring the area you will live in is perfect for you. With Navut’s Neighbourhood Finder — a tool that pairs you with areas in a city based on your personal preferences — any expat can make their move so much more smooth.

How, Navut? How?

Heading to a new country can be incredibly stressful, both on your mind and your wallet. Navut knows you want to keep your money in your pocket, which is why one of the major features on our Neighbourhood Finder is price range. Simply set how much (and how little) you’re willing to spend, and the Neighbourhood Finder will filter out all the areas that don’t fit your budget.

Just be sure to use a currency converter from British Pounds to Canadian Dollars to get a picture of the neighbourhood’s overall price.

So why don’t you tell Brits how they can learn about a city (and neighbourhood) before they even arrive in Toronto?

Brits headed to Canada have it a little more difficult than other expats in other countries. Just like its natural landscapes, Canada’s major cities are all quite varied and unique in character.

Rather than just create a bland description of an entire Canadian city, Navut’s original neighbourhood profiles — which are available for almost every major Canadian metropolises — give you the local edge, painting a mosaic of the area, rather than just a “one size fits all” stereotype.

No neighbourhood is exactly alike in any urban area, and Navut’s neighbourhood profiles will help you become familiar with all the parts that make up a Canadian city, well before you arrive.

Find a manor just like home (or the complete opposite)

Homesickness is a very real phenomenon. So is culture shock. So rather than just find any old neighbourhood in a new city, why not find one that reminds you of home? Happen to live near a bunch of greasy spoons and pubs back in Britain? Or were next to families in a quieter neighbourhood? Or need a space that is very bike-able?

No matter what your home was like, there’s no doubt that there’s a neighbourhood with some similar features in Toronto, and finding an area that is tailored to your needs is exactly what Navut’s Neighbourhood Finder is for.

On the other hand, you may be heading out of your homeland in search of entirely new experiences, and you firmly don’t want to live in an area anything like your old neighbourhood. Let our Neighbourhood Finder zero in on the manors which remind you nothing of home, so you can have an entirely new style of living in Canada.

Live in a manor with other Brit expats

Sometimes it helps to be surrounded by other people who know exactly what you’re going through. Not only can they share in your experiences — in this case becoming accustomed to living in a new nation — but you can also use those around you as a resource.

There’s no doubt that if you had a particular problem while living the British expat life in Canada, someone else experienced the same issue. Navut can help you find a neighbourhood in the city with a large British population, so you can be closer to your native culture.

How do we find neighbours just like us, but not based on nationality?

Where you were born does not entirely define who you are, and there’s no real need to live in a neighbourhood populated by other expats or those with your nationality. Still, as we said, having some common ground to share with your neighbours can help to initially break the ice and strengthen community bonds.

Students coming to Toronto will definitely want to live near other students, as will young families. The same can be said for professionals moving to Canada for work. By living in proximity to those who share a similar lifestyle, you’re more likely to interact, and more importantly, get along.

So try out Neighbourhood Finder and see which manor you get!