I liken it to stepping back 70 years in our country and being on the verge of a great industrial revolution that I can be a part of.
I have decided it is better to be starting at the bottom of the hill, climbing towards the top, then to be at the top and sliding out of control towards the bottom.
Singapore is nice if you want to live in one big city. You apply for it, and if you meet the criteria, you get a 10 yr, unlimited entry visa. You need to keep about ,000 USD in a local bank account, buy a home that costs at least 5,000 USD, and have an income of ,000 a month. The program is relatively new and the government hasn’t seem to have chosen which expat group they’re really targeting: rich foreigners, well off investors, or retirees with more modest moola.
The country is beautiful and fairly cheap to live in.
Saigonbrian: I’ve lived in China, Vietnam, and am currently living in Malaysia for the last few years. Given the likely future problems in the US it’s certainly prudent to at least evaluate an alternative.The initial exam by an orthopedic surgeon, xrays, and a soft cast cost about USD! The worry that the country will become too islamic. Gringo in Brazil: I recently made the move to Brazil with my family based primarily on the social and economic factors I witnessed and experienced.Follow-up visits with the orthopedic surgeon cost USD! It is the official state religion though now it does treat the Chinese and Indian minorities relatively fairly. One thing you notice living overseas is that Americans are the least adventurous, 1st world; folks. In Michigan, I found my business drying up, my home value plummeting, the job market disappearing, etc.In addition, those who have never been outside of North America should not underestimate the severe “culture shock” that can take place when moving to another nation.While moving outside of the United States may seem like an attractive alternative, the truth is that it is not easy and it is not something to be done lightly.