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Many immigrants are constantly arriving in the USA, chasing their dreams in search of a better quality of life, and just as many Americans are leaving the U.S. for the same reasons. There are a lot of people moving from America to Mexico, one of the most popular countries for American expats at the time.
Americans are moving abroad for different reasons, most common reasons are work opportunities and starting families with foreign partners. Apart from those many Americans are leaving in search of better economics, more affordable housing and lower living costs. Political disenchantment is also one of the main reasons for leaving the country and so are the safety concerns related to gun laws or religious reasons. Americans are also leaving in search of more affordable and better health care, and some simply want to experience and meet new cultures.
If you still haven’t decided where to move you can consider some of our five suggestions, there are pros and cons of living in every country and you need to know what are you looking for.
Keep in mind that no matter how open-minded you might be we all have unconscious cultural bias and you will be extremely aware of it when you start living in your new country. We are not talking about obvious cultural differences, if you made the decision to move abroad you are very well aware of those by now. We are talking about small things that will never cross your mind before you notice that your normal, common reactions and behaviors are considered unusual.
As mentioned before, Mexico is also one of the most popular destinations among American expats, for a number of reasons. Many American residents are moving to Mexico to retire, housing is more affordable and basic living costs are less expensive too. One of the biggest pros of moving to Mexico is that it is not that far away after all, and you can go back and forth.
Population: 741.4 million
English speaking population: over 60%
Number of Americans living in Mexico: over 800,000
One in four Americans that leave the US are moving to Europe and there are over 800,000 Americans living in the European Union. Moving to Europe from the USA is one of the most exciting things that will happen to you and you will definitely experience great culture shock. There are 44 countries in Europe and all of them have their own customs and language, there are numerous exciting differences but you will also find a lot of similarities.
Capital: Mexico City
Population: 129.2 million
English speaking population: 12%
Number of Americans living in Mexico: 100,000, 000
Mexico is a warm country with a laid-back atmosphere. You will feel like you are living the vacation. The culture is rich, and you will have a lot to explore, you will find some differences but they will not be so hard to overcome. There are not so many English speaking residents in Mexico so you may want to learn Spanish. Low living and housing costs are one of the main reasons for moving to Mexico. Health care is excellent and it is much cheaper, so are the basic everyday costs.
There are several things that you will need to know before you make the decision, for example, you should not drink tap water in Mexico. There are also some crime issues, but incidents that target foreigners are extremely rare. Bureaucracy levels are high, and you will need to take the whole day off just to open a bank account, and most of the people in Mexico will not respect the deadlines.
Never the less, if you decide to move to Mexico you will find yourself living in the country with perfect weather and beaches, where you will be provided with numerous free entertainment options and where you will be able to live comfortably with $1,000 per month.
Population: 4.794 million
English speaking population: 97%
Number of Americans living in New Zealand: 21,462
New Zealand is a small country of breathtaking nature and kind people. USA and New Zealand cultures are not that different so if you decide to move here you should have to make only a few adjustments. One of the biggest perks of living in New Zealand is an amazing work-life balance, you will have a lot of free time to explore this amazing country. A lot of USA residents are choosing to move to New Zealand because of the low living costs, a relaxed lifestyle and a laid-back atmosphere. You will be able to find affordable homes throughout the whole country, except in Auckland.
You need to live in New Zealand for at least 5 years to officially become its citizen, but once you do you will be provided with much cheaper health care and a lot of other benefits.
New Zealand will provide you with lots of free time and lots of free space too, population density in New Zealand is only 15 people per square mile (compared with 84 people per square mile in the USA).
Moving to New Zealand is much easier than you think, almost 97% of the population are English speakers, salaries are relatively high and prices are low, nature is amazing and locals are warm and friendly. The country is already full of American expats, so you will have a formed American community waiting for you there and you will start feeling at home in no time.
Population: 37.59 million
English speaking population: 87%
Number of Americans living in Canada: 377,410
Canada is one of the most popular countries among expats, and it has been for a long time now. There are numerous pros of moving to Canada form the USA and one of the biggest ones is the fact that the country and its residents are extremely welcoming towards expats.
Living costs in Canada are high, and the country ranks amongst the world’s most expensive places for expats, but the country offers a strong employment market for foreigners. You will be able to find a job easily, and the salaries are high here. Canada will also provide you with great health care, and all of the permanent residents are entitled to health insurance that will provide you with access to free healthcare.
Moving to Canada can be very easy if you choose to move with “Express Entry.” You will probably be eligible for Express Entry if you have a full year of work experience, you can apply online and your application will be processed in less than six months.
Canada is one of the safest and secure countries, with beautiful cities, amazing job opportunities, and a multicultural population. You will fit in easily, most of the residents are English speakers and the culture is not that different.
Population: 69.04 million
English speaking population: 27%
Number of Americans living in Thailand: 40,230
Thailand has a lot to offer to expats, and there is already a huge expat community there. If you decide to move to Thailand from the USA, you will certainly find yourself in a bit of a cultural shock at first. Residents are friendly and warm towards the expats, but you will have to lose a lot of everyday habits and adjusting will not be easy. After the first fitting-in period, you will start to experience all of the amazing pros of living in Thailand.
Beautiful landscapes, great job opportunities, low living costs, and amazing food are just some of them. Thailand is a country with a rich culture, and you will be expected to respect every part of it. One of the biggest problems is the fact that property ownership is almost impossible if you are an expat, but on the bright side, rents are cheap throughout the whole country. Food options are amazing, and you will be surprised to see that eating out can actually be cheaper than cooking at home.
Job opportunities for expats are not that great, but this is a great place for starting your own business. Many expats come here to teach English and you can always do that too.
If your plan is to join the extensive community of expats already living in Thailand, you will be moving to the country of breathtaking beaches, warm weather, temples, ancient ruins, history, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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