As manager of the British Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg, Sophie Kerschen has seen a lot of people come and go. Over the years she has developed a keen understanding of what makes people settle quickly and truly make Luxembourg their home.
Apart from the obvious administrative procedures outlined elsewhere in this section, Kerschen recommends getting information about “schools, clubs and languages classes. Local communes have more and more offerings in terms of leisure and educational activities.”
For her it is important to “make an effort to learn some Luxembourgish, even the minimum few words--it is appreciated, and you will get a warm reception.”
On a social level Kerschen suggests: “Make an effort to get out and meet people. There is a lot going on, but you do have to get out there, and find what interests you, be it cultural (theatre, Philharmonie, cinema) or sports, like walking, etc. Explore the city, and country. Do go to your local town or village ‘fests’ and celebrations, they are a great way to meet people and learn local customs and traditions.”
As for what not to do: “If you come from a neighbouring country or city don’t go home every weekend, you will never feel settled and integrate if you do. Try not to only mix with people from your expat country, even though it can be tempting, the easy option.”