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Old 02-05-2009, 06:00 PM
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You will be fine. People will be welcoming. But depending on which country you are from, be prepared to deal with a bunch of 3rd generation idiots claiming they are from your country and acting all buddy buddy. They mean well but.... uggg...
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:07 PM
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Originally Posted by Heskey View Post
Alright so I made a thread recentley called "Move to the USA?". So I am wondering that if I did get the chance to move to the USA how would I get treated? What does Americans think of Europeans? Would I get less respect for being from Europe?

In no way am I bashing the US here, if I would get the chance to move there I would take it without a doubt.
I would welcome you with open arms. Europe is a FANTASTIC place and I love your history/culture.

You could move anywhere in the states and be welcome.

Speaking for myself.... I love you guys!
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:12 PM
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I think Americans glom on to anyone from another country and to try to learn as much about the country they come from as possible. We are more insulated than Europeans...you run into folks from other countries all the time, so it's not as big a deal to you.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:23 PM
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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Most people in America have a positive view of Europe and many U.S. cities pride themselves on their European elements, but I'm not sure if that positive view is reciprocated by Europe, simply because Americans think like Americans and Europeans think like Europeans and IMO that gap couldn't be wider.

While there are many people who have a positive view of Europe, there are many Americans who have a negative view of our neighbors south of the border. (That's a whole different conversation though.)
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:21 PM
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I think you can't though, clump "Europe" into one thing as though it's just one place. For instance, some folks may love to be around Germans and Italians, but throw in a French guy - oooooo maybe not so much. A 21 year old girl may swoon over a German guy - her 75 year old Grandfather however, may not be so thrilled to meet him. Human brains are tricky little things - they can switch on and off about regions/nationalities more than we like to admit, varying by region, and generations, too.

You also can't clump "America" into one thing, either. You could literally have green skin and horns and walk around San Francisco or New York, and few people will even look up and take much notice. That same Martian in lower Alabama however, will have a much harder time of it. America is HUGE and attitudes, lifestyles, and ways of thinking can vary a good bit as you travel the literally thousands of miles from one coast to the other.

IN GENERAL though, yes, Europeans are just fine and dandy to most. It goes without saying that if you move to any decent to large city it won't be an issue, but there might be select tiny little heehaw towns where it might be.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:57 PM
Location: CA
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Originally Posted by GloryB View Post
As long as you aren't trying to jump a border with a backpack at midnight .....we actually welcome and appreciate our immigrants.
haha....pretty much...

Most Americans find foreigners very fascinating, especially those from Europe.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:02 AM
Location: DFW
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I just came back after living in Europe (Switzerland) for many months..

What I like more about Europe:

- Efficient train and public transport systems
- Women are hotter (by many orders of magnitude)
- Cheaper lodging (if you don't mind staying in hostels)

What I like more about US:

- 24 hour stores are not a rarity.. you can easily buy things after, say, 8pm
- Much cheaper food
- No language barrier problems (with rare exceptions in LA)
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:19 AM
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Many Americans are proud of their European roots. Even here in the South, where supposedly everyone is proud to be American and only American, I know many people that still cling to their European heritage. I think the vibe that most Americans get from Europeans is that Europeans dont like Americans. But I think most Americans dont have a problem with Europeans.
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:50 AM
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Europeans are nice because you have the silly accents and delicious food of "other" people but still have the comforting caress of good ol' fashioned white people.
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:15 AM
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As an European I can tell how much the French are prejudiced against the Americans , it's GROSS.
Last tuesday at the gym I told the other guys I was going to Mexico for a vacation, and 2 of them started an anti-American rent "when I go to Latin America if they tell me I'm a Gringo I tell them I'm not a Gringo, that I'm French [and then they start kissing me on the mouth]*
* that's how mentally I completed his sentence, I did tell them however "we are white, they don't even make the difference", they didn't even bother to LISTE.
What a pack of douchebags, stupid, prejudiced, even racist against the "yankees" as some of them say. Personally I deeply despise them, these middle class know-it-all, they are not better than the scum they despise.
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