Can marrying a foreign person work?

18 de abril de 2011 | Por | Categoría: Actualidad

By Nuha Mushale, Avanzado 1 de inglés.

The word “wed “derives from the ancient Greek word for “pledge”. In my opinion that’s exactly what a wedding is, no matter what country it takes place in, no matter what culture its part of. On the whole though, relationships depend upon the people in them, not where those people live or the country or culture they come from.

To start with, a cross cultural marriage can be extremely exciting. The cultural background, visits to the other country, the language of the country and learning to speak it, the different habits and the ways of doing and saying things that people from other cultures have, are all very stimulating indeed. A relationship can feed off these cross cultural differences for some time, even for years.  In the end any cross-cultural marriage type relationship must be founded on the same things all successful relationships are founded on, such as trust, mutual respect and understanding.

In addition, marrying someone from a different country no longer raises eyebrows these days; sometimes we have no control over who we begin a love relationship with.  Through this type of relations we develop a deeper understanding of people and things beyond our borders. We learn to tolerate the strange and the familiar, experiment with behavior that we never thought we were capable of. We sharpen our observation skills, refine our listening skills and stimulate our curiosity more.
On the other hand, there are many barriers and restrictions to cross-cultural, inter-tribal or racial, and particularly transnational, marriages. People tend to marry those similar to them, some even preferring to marry first cousins, whom they trust. In an interesting twist, transnational arranged marriage between
cousins or relatives occur more often in some places with migration and family reunification policies, as some people still want their culture and family when marrying, even in a distant place. They do so in order keep the family together socially and economically, thus disproving of marriage outside.

To sum up, in an age of increasing globalization, transnational marriage may occur when someone from one country visits or lives in another country for school, work, political asylum, refuge, or due to their family relocating. Transnational marriage is a by-product of the movement and migration of people.

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