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The idea of emigrating is a popular one, especially for young families. Some people — perhaps you included — have always wondered what it would be like to put move abroad, put down roots, and live in another country.
There are many reasons that people imagine this life, potentially even dream of it, but never take the final leap and emigrate. While these reasons are varied, one of the influencing factors in many a decision is the idea of being an outsider in another country. When you have lived in one country for your entire life, you’re comfortable; it’s familiar, you know how it works; you know what to expect. Abandoning that comfort for a life away from home, becoming The American Family On The Street, can sometimes feel daunting.
However, there is a middle road– what about emigrating to countries that already have a high population of American citizens? You’re not going to stand out awkwardly in these countries; you’ll be one of many, and you’ll be able to blend in seamlessly. If the idea of moving to a country with a high American population appeals, then here are your best options…
Option One: United Kingdom
Many Americans can trace their family tree back to the UK, and thus feel a tie to the country. The UK does not have the biggest US population (it is sixth on the list of countries with the highest American expats), but there’s a reason it appears first on the list: Brexit. As the UK leaves the European Union, no one is entirely sure what the immigration laws will be. If you want to move to the UK, it’s advisable to do so prior to the official EU exit date of March 2019.
Here are a few other facts you should find useful if considering moving to the UK.
American Citizens Living In The UK: 158,000 (2013 census)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3 percent
Consider: London. The capital is home to people from hundreds of different countries, so you will blend right in.
What’s The Move Like? You will obviously have to negotiate a transatlantic crossing, which can be expensive. You can pay for extra baggage on your flight, then use companies like Shiply to manage the journey from the airport to your home. When you’re in the UK, the move is quite simple; the country is smaller than some US states, so navigation is simple.
Option Two: Mexico
Mexico is popular with US emigrants due to the low cost of living and the excellent weather– perhaps these factors could appeal to you?
American Citizens Living In Mexico: 500,000+ (2010 census)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6 percent
Consider: Playa del Carmen; this resort city is home to a sizeable expat population and experiences great weather throughout the year.
What’s The Move Like? This depends on where you are moving to and where you’re moving from. Road crossings can suffer long delays; flights may be your best option.
Option Three: Canada
It should come as no surprise that our neighbor to the north is the most popular destination for immigration from the USA.
American Citizens Living In Canada: 730,000+ (2011 census)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1 percent
Consider: Brossard, Quebec; immigrants make up 36 percent of the population in Brossard.
What’s The Move Like? The USA and Canada are two huge countries, so it depends entirely where you are moving to. If you live near the border, however, the move shouldn’t be much harder than moving within the USA.
So, do you think any of the above might tempt you?