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Old 06-16-2008, 03:55 AM
Location: Czech Republic / United Kingdom
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Hey there,

I'm a person who thinks a lot for his future and maybe a bit careerist. Well, I'm attending gymnasium in my town now. After I'll finish gymnasium, I want to study Anglo-american College in Prague - the tuition is only in english - bachelor of business administration while working (I hope that real estate but who knows). Then, I would like to immigrate to another country. I heard that Americans like immigrants from Europe, but not from Mexico, etc. I'm from Czech republic so I hope that there won't be problem. If I'll pass the immigration, I would like to start studying MBA there (in business of course). However, I don't know which country is better for me... Could you give me some suggestions? Thanks...

What I'm afraid of in Canada: low wages
high cost of living => lower quality of life
a little job offers

What I'm looking forward to in Canada: interesting cities
polite people

What I'm afraid in the US: CRIME
traffic => smog
illegal immigration => poverty
high cost of universities

What I'm looking forward to in the US: interesting people, different cultures
higher wages
nature, sceneries
fun (water parks, amusement pks, etc)
lower cost of living
places like NYC, San Francisco, LA,
Boston, Chicago....

The only thing I'm really afraid of is the crime in the US.

Have a nice day, Greetings from Czech republic.
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Old 06-16-2008, 05:28 PM
Location: Ogle County, Illinois
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It depends on what you like

If you like more liberal policies, Canada would be a better place to you. If you lean a bit to the "left" in your political preference, I would highly recommend East/West Coast Canada.

Personally, I think the United States is sort of going downhill right now. It has to hit rock bottom sometime, but I don't think we are close, yet. Illegal immigration, war in Iraq, gas prices, food prices.. etc., etc.. I mean, every country has it's problems, but the United States... a league of it's own.

Now, the United States is not a bad place for crime. Different regions in the U.S. are more... volatile than others. The best region in terms of crime is the Midwest (The Upper Midwest in particular) Second, I would give to the Pacific Northwest. Third place, the Northeast, fourth the South, and fifth, the southeast.

Just like anywhere, there are certain areas of cities to avoid.
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Old 06-16-2008, 05:29 PM
Location: Ogle County, Illinois
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Overall, I would hate to put down the United States, but Canada seems to be a far better place for quality of life.. nowadays.
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Old 06-16-2008, 05:38 PM
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Canada does seem to have better quality of life as a whole (cleanliness, less crime, often nicer cities)...the only downside is that the public healthcare system can be a bit disorganized.

And...I hate to disappoint you, but cities like NYC, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, etc. actually have really HIGH costs of living. More expensive than Canada.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:28 PM
Location: New Jersey
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Canada if you prefer metric system and french people.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:33 PM
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When looking for a place, I would caution making too much of a distinction between America and Canada. There are places in Canada that are no better than dying American prairie towns, and there are parts of the US that are no different than cities like Vancouver. The costs of living aren't that different. For instance, Seattle and Vancouver are both expensive. Winnipeg and Minneapolis are less expensive. My advice would be to do a little traveling over here. Also, I would caution surrendering your Czech citizenship. You can always live anywhere in Europe with it nowdays. US citizenship is harder to get (Canada is even harder) and I don't think you want to jump onto our ship right now on a permanent level. Lastly, have a job lined-up before you come. Its a tough market to start out in right now.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:40 PM
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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I love and live in the US, but right now, Canada seems like the better choice, especially in terms of the criteria you listed.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:48 PM
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Like everyone else said, the United States is going downhill right now due to poor leadership in recent years, however an election is coming up and minimum wage is steadily increasing. I've lived in the United States all my life and I have never been the victim of a major crime, however I live in the Upper Midwest in a town with only 80,000. When I went to Paris for two weeks, I got mugged...

Canada does seem to fit your criteria better and the US is only a day away. Both countries are fantastic though!
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Old 09-08-2008, 05:34 PM
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You can't compare one or the other. It would depend on WHERE you chose to live. You can't say ALL of the US has HIGH CRIME and ALL OF CANADA has low wages
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Old 09-08-2008, 05:53 PM
Location: Miami, FL
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Cities like Toronto and Montreal are not as expensive as LA and NYC. I would choose Canada. Areas that have a good quality of life like Canada helps a person's mental and physical health.
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