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Old 12-19-2009, 03:36 PM
 
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Has anyone on here ever thought about moving overseas to some country and trying to start a new life?

Does anyone on here know someone who has done something like that?

If American does fix its problems like health care, education, etc there might end up being a mass migration of Americans overseas.

Remember when Europeans emigrated to America in the 19th and early 20th century. Instead of Europeans it is now the Americans turn to emigrate overseas.
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Despite only going out of a 200 mile radius once I've thought about it. I love geography and there are some things about the US I don't care for. My little sister lives in Japan and has expressed some desire to live there for good, but she does worry about how that would affect the family. I have a nephew who works in Mexico and has expressed a desire to move there, but says Mexican law makes it difficult for an immigrant to ever become a citizen .

I know of writers and artists who moved to another country for good, but I'm not sure I can think of anyone in my life who's done it. I have a distant cousin who is a priest in India, but he's been there as long as I've known him and this is more out of an urge to work with the people of India. (And of late to keep Indian Catholics from going Pentecostal. He was blunter about that than I'm used to in modern priests, but I liked him for it) I know of people who moved to Australia, New Zealand, Britain, or Ireland "for good" more or less. Sometimes this is due to marriage. I didn't think of them as "in my life" because mostly these are "friends of friends" or "friends of family" who I have never met.

I'd say there is usually more of a "pull" than a "push" factor in the cases I know. If I'm saying that right, what I mean is the person isn't "leaving the US" so much as being drawn to some other country. In a few cases they even love the US, but they love another country or a certain man more. (Man because it's usually women who move to another nation for marriage, at least in the cases I've heard) This is maybe not so true of the authors and artists in history, but fits the people I've heard about it in life.
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Old 12-19-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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My brother moved to Taiwan 20 years ago. He seems to like it. Still doesn't really know the language.
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Old 12-19-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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What is your brother doing in Taiwan? How was he able to stay there for so long? Did he get sometype of perm. resident visa?
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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He is a self-employed entrepreneur mostly import /export.

He has to clear his visa every couple of years. So he either spends a weekend in Hawaii or Guam if he doesn't spend a week or so in NY or CA.
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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I wish the Europeans would have us, who in their right mind wouldn't want to live in France or Italy?
Lately Panama is becoming a popular place for Americans to flee to.
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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the surfing crowd seems to find Costa Rica appealing
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Spain
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Has anyone on here ever thought about moving overseas to some country and trying to start a new life?

Does anyone on here know someone who has done something like that?

If American does fix its problems like health care, education, etc there might end up being a mass migration of Americans overseas.

Remember when Europeans emigrated to America in the 19th and early 20th century. Instead of Europeans it is now the Americans turn to emigrate overseas.
Well I disagree that there will be a mass exodus of Americans anytime soon, but to answer your original question, yes.

I hope to work for the U.S. government and live abroad for several years.
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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I don't think there's going to be any massive movement of Americans overseas, either, in part because most of us have to work. Getting a work visa, or permanent residency, isn't usually easy, and many of us aren't willing to try it illegally.

I haven't lived overseas, but I wish I had had the experience. I was the finalist for a job abroad once (ah, what might have been...), but maybe at some other point in life I'll have a chance to try out another country.

I have friends and relatives (Americans) who live in other countries, and most of them do it by choice and enjoy where they live. They didn't move because they disliked the USA, though. I think the experience of living elsewhere has helped highlight for them what they like best about the USA, as well as what could be done better. No place is perfect.
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:28 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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have already done it in 2 countries, but doing it any permanent amount of time places a burden on friends/families I had built up here... But I would like to be able to travel on an ongoing basis and not really have any "permanent" home, which is what I am working on, so shouldn't be an issue.
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