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So long, Canada

Have you ever heard about Return Syndrome?A The term was coined by Discio Nakagawa, aA Brazilian researcher, to define the frustrationA former immigrants feel once they return to theirA countries of origin. Nakagawa, who died in 2011,A studied the case of Brazilians who returned toA their homeland after a period of work in Japan.A Since his pioneer study, many other papersA have been written about this syndrome, whichA is more common than most people realize, andA which affects former residents of many countries,A including Canada.
Nostalgic feelings, cultural shock, frustrationA and disillusionment with the country ofA origin are identified as some of the contributingA factors of Return Syndrome. Research hasA shown that an immigrant adapts quickly to theA new country, usually within three to six months.A However, readapting to the home country canA take up to two years.
Amanda Marques, a Brazilian from SaoA Paulo, spent eight months in Vancouver studyingA English and once she returned to Brazil sheA felt an unexpected shock.
“When I arrived back all I wanted to do wasA to go back to Vancouver. I felt frustrated andA was in a bad mood for many days. EverythingA I saw in Sao Paulo I compared with VancouverA and it reminded me of the good times there,“A she explained.
In a presentation at the Federal UniversityA of Sao Paulo (Unifesp), Nakagawa explainedA that the turbulence experienced when a personA returns to their home country can have seriousA consequences including depression. NakagawaA said that these feelings are usually unearthed inA tandem with a discontentment with the country.A “They return with different expectations and sayA that here [Brazil] is very disorganized and dirty,“A he noted.
“My biggest challenge was how to get usedA to the daily routine in Brazil again, not my dailyA activities, but rather the corruption and socialA problems that [have] plagued the country forA many years without change.“ This statement isA from Marcelo Duarte, a Brazilian from CampoA Bom in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in southernA Brazil. He also came to Vancouver to studyA English and had a difficult time re-adapting toA his routine, even though he had already studiedA abroad before in places such as Europe andA Asia. Today he works as an export assistant andA doesn’t hide his feelings about Brazil after hisA experiences abroad.
How can this problem be solved? When youA are in Canada you may not think about this, butA if you prepare for “reentry“ it might make theA transition easier.
According to the Kaeru Project, which helpsA in the reintegration of Brazilian students, returningA to the home country, it is one of the mostA difficult challenges a student will encounter.A Dyones Thommazi Torque, who is currentlyA studying in Vancouver, believes he is going toA encounter some difficulties when he returns toA Curitiba.
“I want to live life to the fullest here in thisA amazing city. I have a few more months to go soA am not going to worry about it now. I know it isA not going to be easy, but I don’t want to thinkA about it now,“ he said.
After returning to your home country, itA might help if you keep in contact with yourA friends in Vancouver, and even keep some ofA the habits you had during your stay in Canada.A Marques, for example, turned to technologyA for help. “I downloaded an app that lets meA listen to the radio station I always listened to inA Vancouver so I keep informed about the newsA there and practice English at the same time,“A she said.
If the problems persist for a long time, it isA advisable to seek psychological help.
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