In many parts of the world, living and working conditions present a continuous and considerable challenge for people regardless of the great amounts of effort and patience they may put into their daily lives. From government policies that restrict personal freedoms to difficult economic situations that make breaking even a constant financial struggle, various systems and organizations prove to be unacceptable to some, ad in many such cases, individuals or entire families decide to move to a different country –one that seems to offer better prospects and the chance at a more enjoyable, comfortable, and manageable life. While not all immigrants move because of such pressing conditions, of course, a great number of newcomers to many of the world’s leading countries enter in search of the promise of prosperity. In Canada, where a democratic system of government and close management of resources have created an admirable national operation and spirit, many immigrants seek out opportunities for changing their lives around, although some attempt this feat without one of the greatest and most essential prerequisites: citizenship.
Applying for Canadian citizenship isn’t always seen as the most attractive of choices, even to those who’d like to be able to benefit from the services and privileges that citizenship affords. Many reasons for avoiding citizenship may be personal; people sometimes feel that applying for citizenship in a new land disconnects them from their former home, or they may simply not wish to deal with the paperwork and testing procedures associated with the process. In some instances, personal reasons for declining to become a citizen are significant and benefit from being well considered and respected, though in many cases, these blocks to citizenship are ultimately negative, preventing people from realizing their greatest potential in Canada and fulfilling their personal goals.
Sometimes, immigrants may become frustrated with their experiences in Canada, noting that the difficulty of finding or maintaining work, or problems in accessing adequate health care services, keep them from enjoying the prosperous lifestyle they had expected before entering the country. Yet without the benefit of citizenship, such issues are likely if not inevitable, and may become increasingly worse so long as temporary or even illegal status is used. Though some people may be able to enjoy the kind of lifestyle they had anticipated they’d find in Canada without going through the steps required for attaining Canadian citizenship, it is far more likely that those without permanent status will find it difficult to fulfill their dreams.
While Canada and other countries like it offer the promise of prosperity to those who may not live in conditions they believe to be suitable elsewhere, the ability to experience such prosperity depends on a personal willingness to be a part of the nation’s substance and identity, and to participate in its development as a nation. Through achieving citizenship, immigrants commit themselves to being involved in the prosperity of a land that promises to pay that prosperity back.