It is only natural you would want to have a friend if you moved to a different country for some reason and therefore you don't have any local friend there.
As I was looking the other day into the usage of verbs that usually go together with the very popular word "friend," I learned, unexpectedly, English speakers hardly say, "get a friend," when they commonly say, "find a friend," which is very familiar to me too.
Even more interestingly and confusingly, they often talk about "getting" a girlfriend or boyfriend as well as "finding"a girlfriend or boyfriend.
Why not "get" a friend to mean the same as "find" a friend? I'm seriously curious if my understanding is correct.