They are the ones who deal with all of the nitty-gritty of an international move, of finding and furnishing a new home, of making sure children are adapting to new schools and making new friends, of planning and organizing a new social life for the entire family. The list is unending.
In July of 2012, the Islamic Society of North America convened a small multilateral forum of scholars in Mauritania to discuss challenges faced by religious minorities in Muslim-majority communities around the world.
We've all been there. You're hungry, maybe you're ordering delivery, or maybe you're going to that place down the street. You place your order. Then, all of a sudden, there's something standing between you and satisfaction... a language barrier.
Now that grown men have regained a regular heartbeat, women have stopped fainting and children screaming, we can calmly consider the recent fleeting visit to Australia of superhero-rockstar President Barack Obama.
Ex-pats have the guts to try something new. They create a life out of nothing. They're experimental. They've seen life from enough different perspectives that they know there's more than one way to skin a cat.