i am wondering that too...i definitely want out of here, but Canada is too close and Mexico, well,, i dont know much about except everybody seems to be leaving it for America!
so far i heard that it's pretty easy to get citizenship in the UK. i mean as far as living in London goes, but it is very expensive and crowded there. so i heard that a lot of people move there initially but then can't get a job or can't afford it, so they just leave. so this makes it easy to move there. i heard this from an Australian guy who moved there a few years ago.
I live in the Philippines and have off and on since 1998. While my politics may be suspect to some, that was not the only reason for moving here. I have a really great life, albeit a very simple one. I have some pigs and a rice field that keep me fed. I supplement my income with freelance writing which precludes the need for a work visa. The food is great, the people are great, although there are good and bad every where you go. I would stay out of the Southern parts of the country simply for safety concerns, but there are about 35 expats living in the region where I do. Ward Tipton
English is actually very common here, although if you look at it too closely, you discover it is a rather strange mix of American, British, Australian and Asian English. As for finding work, a Philippine company must hire ten locals for every foreigner they wish to hire. You can still find work and are always welcome to start your own business to employ the locals as well. If I was coming here specifically to work, I would have to seriously consider living in Pasig and working in Makati City or in Ortigas in Metro Manila but living as I do, I am much happier here in Bicol. As far as Spanish is concerned, my accent is from the South of Mexico and no, it will not benefit you greatly here. Like the English, the Spanish has been diluted and often replaced with local colloquialisms.
Oddly enough, I live in Naga City.
2011-01-30 08:05 pm (UTC)
It is nearly impossible to move to a different country, believe me I've looked! Each country has it's own mountains to climb. Europe is very hard, in most places that don't speak english (which pretty much all of europe) you have to learn the language before your even considered. Places like Amsterdam, if you are hired to work and you don't speak the local language fluently, your employer can be arrested! You have to have money in the bank to move anywhere! Most if not all countries will not let you work unless it is proven there are no local people to fill the job. The is a lot of paperwork and red tape you need to go through, a lot of anxious waiting. You could start applying and it could take a year or more "If" your accepted to actually be ready to move to the country of your choice. Your best bet would be to move to Canada, we're the only country in the world who will let anyone in NO questions asked. If your looking for culture you will find it here. Rarely if ever do you see a white anglo saxon person here. (Caucasian person) We are over run with immigrants. We let them in by the boat loads (Pun intended) I've been trying to find a country to move to, so I can leave Canada, but it's not even as simple as buying your way into a country. Your best bet is to marry into a country, and even then a lot of countries wont let you work. The UK works kind of like this, you can "Visit" on a temp. Visa and can stay for up to two years, but you can only work 50% of your stay. And at the end of your visa, they boot you out and send you home. I haven't looked into every country in the world, So if anyone knows of an easy place to move to I would appreciate to know which one that is. So far I have looked into... Netherlands, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, The Bahamas, The Caribbean, French Polynesia, Egypt, Germany, France, USA, and Brazil. Not one will simply just let you move there. Don't believe what you see in the movies, it is not possible to simply choose a place to go and pack up and leave.