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Old 02-16-2013, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Have you moved away from the nation where you were born and raised because you did not like living there, even if it meant giving up wealth for poverty? For example, an American now living in Cuba.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Suggestion: join an expat forum and spend a few years reading.

I see a lot of enthusiastic new residents giving up and moving back to the states after the honeymoon period is over. I've seen it in Britain, too. Lots of ex-pats moving back home after a few years.

Poverty is not as much fun or as romantic as it might appear to someone who has not yet experienced it. Foreign governments sometimes can be difficult with graft, corruption, and nationalization. Or, as often happens, government and laws get changed after the expat immigrates to the new country.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Suggestion: join an expat forum and spend a few years reading.

I see a lot of enthusiastic new residents giving up and moving back to the states after the honeymoon period is over. I've seen it in Britain, too. Lots of ex-pats moving back home after a few years.

Poverty is not as much fun or as romantic as it might appear to someone who has not yet experienced it. Foreign governments sometimes can be difficult with graft, corruption, and nationalization. Or, as often happens, government and laws get changed after the expat immigrates to the new country.

I was trying to see how many American people who criticize the US on CD forum have actually left the country for one more to their liking.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:35 PM
 
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Well, I haven't necessarily moved here, but I am currently studying abroad in Brazil and will be doing so for an extended period. After that is over, I will return to the US in order to graduate. My plan after that, however, is to hightail it back here to work.

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Suggestion: join an expat forum and spend a few years reading.

I see a lot of enthusiastic new residents giving up and moving back to the states after the honeymoon period is over. I've seen it in Britain, too. Lots of ex-pats moving back home after a few years.

Poverty is not as much fun or as romantic as it might appear to someone who has not yet experienced it. Foreign governments sometimes can be difficult with graft, corruption, and nationalization. Or, as often happens, government and laws get changed after the expat immigrates to the new country.
I've read a lot of forums and spoken to a lot of Americans who have said the exact same thing as you, but I really think it depends on your outlook and other things like that. I also think it depends on your age that you move. I'm only 20, and the majority of people who seem "bitter" about moving here (I can only truly speak for here, as it is one of the few countries where I've stayed long enough to actually 'know' the country) seem to have moved much later. I think that's important because after a certain age, you get kind of set in your ways.

20 is not that age.

I also have noticed a lot of bitter people moved here in hopes of striking it rich. Brazil's population is severely lacking in education, so mant outsiders think they can come and kind of own the market.

I can't talk about every bitter expat, but the ones I've met fundamentally cared little about the culture and ways of life, and just hoped to strike it rich.

I don't feel bad for them.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:11 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Well, I haven't necessarily moved here, but I am currently studying abroad in Brazil and will be doing so for an extended period. After that is over, I will return to the US in order to graduate. My plan after that, however, is to hightail it back here to work.
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In fact, Brazil is a country with the best and the worst, with the extreme wealth and the extreme poverty. There is a large people living with the same standard of Australia and also a large people living in the same standard of Congo.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:47 PM
 
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Suggestion: join an expat forum and spend a few years reading.

I see a lot of enthusiastic new residents giving up and moving back to the states after the honeymoon period is over. I've seen it in Britain, too. Lots of ex-pats moving back home after a few years.

Poverty is not as much fun or as romantic as it might appear to someone who has not yet experienced it. Foreign governments sometimes can be difficult with graft, corruption, and nationalization. Or, as often happens, government and laws get changed after the expat immigrates to the new country.
Yea, see that with Swedes too. Many Swedish people move to Thailand, the Philippines etc. but they usually come back within 5 or 6 years.

Personally I've lived all over the world and right now I'm working on an American Visa.
Hopefully I can turn that into a green card later, and maybe in the future, an American Passport.

On Topic:
I knew an American guy who lived in Czech Republic working for a czech salary (about $800/month).
He was happy with it but the question is not IF but WHEN that guy will move back.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I guess that while many people criticize the nation in which they were born and raised, very few of them actually "vote with their feet" and move to another nation.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: The Great Outdoors
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I knew an American guy who lived in Czech Republic working for a czech salary
What, by choice?
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