A question was recently posted on Quora to the effect of: “Why would a foreigner chose to settle in chaotic India?” Foreigners and Indians alike have also personally asked me this kind of question quite a number of times, so perhaps it’s time to set the record straight:
India is not a bad place (as the question sometimes implies) and although we all have our reasons for being where we are, the following list is what I believe to be the most common reasons for settling in India.
- Opportunity: India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world, this alone is enough to attract foreigners seeking to grow their business or seek new opportunities.
- A better alternative. Many foreigners in India actually come from countries with very poor quality of life, few work opportunities and oppressive governments. India, despite perceptions, is a far better alternative to many struggling nations in the world.
- Diversity is beautiful and India is one of, if not the most culturally, linguistically and geographicaly diverse nations on earth.
- Love. Many foreigners settle in India for one simple reason: they fell in love with an Indian. You will find that many foreigners who are settled here are actually married to an Indian.
- Education. The amount of educational institutions in India is mind boggling and it is also one of the cheapest destinations in the world to get an education. Which leads me to my next point:
- Cost of living: With everything ranging from groceries to healthcare, utilities and transportation costing significantly less than elswehere, India has one of the lowest costs of living in the world.
- Indian roots. There are a vast amount of foreign nationals with Indian roots such as parents, grand parents and other extended family. Naturally, many will be drawn home to the motherland.
Are you a foreigner settled in India? Have I missed any important points?
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