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The United Kingdom is one of the most powerful and influential countries in the world. But like many countries, it is also not perfect so think twice before moving there and the list below will make you think a bit longer before moving to the UK. Below are 10 reasons not to move to the United Kingdom.
1. High levels of Depression – most people are under immense pressure from society to do well or act a certain way… as a result, a large number of people in the United Kingdom suffer from depression. Some people in public will smile and give the impression that they are happy, but secretly they are not.
2. High Standards of Living – the United Kingdom is a rich and powerful country, and like all the rich and powerful countries it suffers from “high standards of living”. This means if you are not earning the average income of $41,030 per year, you will most likely have a hard time meeting all your needs.
3. Many Low Paying Jobs – the UK offers people lots of opportunities but most of the jobs are low paying jobs, especially in the services and hospitality industries.
4. Systemic Racism – systemic racism is strong in the United Kingdom, a form of hidden racism that makes life more difficult for people of color, religion, gender, etc.
5. Family Is Not As Important – due to most people being so independent, long gone are the days where family members eat together and keep in regular contact. It still happens during special occasions (i.e Christmas), but not as much.
6. Too Independent – asking people for help, especially for financial help is frowned upon, and so people have become too independent even when they need assistance. Someone may help you but they might still have bad assumptions; such as “he/she wants a handout, get a job, etc”.
7. Too Much Regulation – the UK is highly organized, so things take time to get approved. You can’t just build a house or a building whenever you want.
8. Materialistic – this is mostly young people, especially girls. The latest iPhones, the latest computers, the clothes, the latest car, etc. The west as a whole is a very materialistic society.
9. Post-secondary education is expensive – similar to American or Canadian post-secondary education, going to college or university is expensive and international students pay even more.
10. The weather – the UK weather is better than many to most of the countries in Western Europe such as Norway, Finland, and others because it doesn’t get very cold or very warm – the weather is “temperate”. However the weather is very inconsistent, you never know what to expect. Most days, it is raining and the sky is boring and grey.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, a country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Most governments around the world advise against travel to Afghanistan and we definitely advise against moving to Afghanistan. Afghanistan has too many problems to list in one article, but below are 10 reasons NOT to move there.
1. Not Safe – Afghanistan is literally one of the world’s battlegrounds. It is home to lots of armed groups including ISIS. The biggest and most powerful is The Taliban. There is constant fighting between the Afghan government and Taliban forces despite several attempts to make peace. Deadly suicide attacks, car bombs, and targeted killings in urban areas are common. Despite the United States withdrawing from the country, they still conduct a lot of Airstrikes and drone attacks, resulting in civilian casualties.
2. Too Much Corruption – this has always been a problem in Afghanistan and always will be. There is corruption at every level of government. Billions of dollars have been stolen over the years by high-level government officials and others.
3. Very Low Standard Of Living – Afghanistan is one of the poorest nations on Earth – the average annual income is $600 US. The country has an estimated GDP of 22 billion dollars.
4. Unstable Economy – due to constant wars, bombings, food shortages, political unrest and many other issues – the economy is never stable. Unemployment is very high. The economy operates on a cash-only basis so credit cards are not widely accepted.
5. Low Life Expectancy – Because of all the problems citizens in Afghanistan face, life average life expectancy is 50 years.
6. Bad Infrastructure – Afghanistan is located in an active seismic zone, so earthquakes are not uncommon. Most buildings have poor infrastructure.
7. Electricity Problems – Electricity is a luxury in Afghanistan so for this reason alone, definitely do not move there.
8. Water and Food Shortages – The country experiences a lot of droughts, so water shortages are very common, as well as food shortages.
9. Human Rights Concerns – Violence against women and children is high and unfortunately, most of these cases go unreported. Same-sex relations are strictly prohibited and if discovered you will go to prison for at least 5 years.
10. Discriminatory Practices and Torture by Police – Detainees in police custody often experience torture at extreme levels such as electric current to their genitals, crushing their testicles with clamps, etc.
France is a developed and rich country and is one of the most historic countries in the world. Despite being the 3rd largest economy in Europe and the 6th largest in the world, France has a lot of economic and social issues. The country has lots of joblessness, and low paying jobs… so, below are 10 reasons not to move to France.
1. Very High Cost of Living – People work extremely hard to keep all the nice things they have but they are “a missed paycheck away” from going broke and not meeting their needs. A simple one-bedroom apartment in Paris will cost you on average between 1100 – 3000 Euros per month. 1700 Euros per month is the median/average salary, and a large number of people earn less than that, especially in the service/hospitality industry.
2. Not As friendly – A lot of people work and enjoy all a lot of human rights, but the downside is that people are less friendly. For example, when your car breaks down on the highway, most people are going to pass you by. Also, most French people do not care if you are a tourist or not, they will react to you the same way they are with each other.
3. Too Individualistic – If you need help, most people are not willing to help you unless they know you personally or if they like you.
4. Systemic and Plain Racism – systemic racism is very prevalent in France and in some cases open racism against people of color and minorities.
5. Many Low Paying Jobs – Similar to Canada and the United States, France has a lot of low paying jobs, so many people work 2 jobs. Protests happen often for wage increases.
6. People Rely Too Much On Credit – The cost of living is so high in France that people regularly take out loans and lines of credit.
7. Too Materialistic – There is a huge emphasis on making money, but some will go as far as to lie and deceive. For example, a dentist will tell you, you need x, y or z done even though your teeth are fine.
8. Most People Are Pessimistic – The national mood in France has been bad for over 10 years now and counting. Most people have a pessimistic view of life and don’t believe it will get better.
9. Education System Keeps Declining – If you are planning to move to France because of the education system, we would not recommend it. The education system for kids has been declining in France for years.
10. Islamist Extremism and Terrorism – France has a very large number of immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East, so terrorist organizations such as ISIS and AL QAEDA recruit a lot of young men who live in France to conduct operations in the country.
Unless you were a very lucrative job in North Korea, it is definitely not a country we would recommend. Below we share 10 reasons not to move to North Korea.
1. Dictatorship – almost everything the Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un says is absolute. He rules the country with an iron fist. If you go against him or say anything bad against him and his family, you will be in big trouble. There is no free speech.
2. Too Much Propaganda – the State media TV is the government’s propaganda machine that feeds lies and misinformation to the population about the state of affairs in the country, and abroad. The public image of the country and of its Supreme Leader is everything.
3. Lack of Individuality – Most people don’t do what they want to do. People usually do things for the “greater good” of the family, the company, country, and so on.
4. Too Isolated From World Affairs – The are many sanctions on the country, and so it is very isolated from world affairs and any decision making.
5. Bad Economy – The United States and other western countries have imposed tough sanctions on North Korea for always threatening war with South Korea and the US, unnecessary war games, etc. As a result, there are many low paying jobs, many sectors of the economy are suffering, etc.
6. Human Rights Abuses – There are many human rights cases of abuse at the highest levels of government and society. Executions, torture, and many other things happen regularly. Also, many companies pay their employees very poorly without any consequences.
7. Relies too much on China – Due to heavy sanctions from Western countries, especially the United States… North Korea depends on China for its economy. They sell a lot of agricultural products and other things to China.
8. Discrimination – Many foreigners do not get all the benefits that the locals get such as better job opportunities, education, etc. In some cases, people of color and other minorities will experience racism. You would NOT have a good experience there at all.
9. Too Much Government Control – The government in North Korea has absolute control over everything that goes on in the country. You need approval to do almost anything. Visitors to the country are carefully monitored. Internet censorship is also very strong in the country – a lot of your favorite social media websites are blocked.
10. Too Much Staring If You Are not Korean – This is not malicious or bad, they are just curious. But it gets annoying to constantly get stares, so unless it doesn’t bother you, do not move there.
China is a superpower, and one of the most influential countries in the world. It has the 2nd largest economy in the world, with a massive GDP of 15 trillion dollars. We admire the Chinese culture, way of life and disciplines but if you are looking for reasons not to move to China, you will find this article useful.
1. Environmental Problems – China’s economy is the second largest in the world but this has come at a great cost. Air pollution is very strong in China, and if you visit, you will notice that most people are wearing masks. People also experience water shortages among other problems. China has too many environmental problems to list here in one paragraph but believe us when we say that they are many.
2. Chinese Government Censorship – The internet is heavily controlled and regulated in China. Popular American social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are banned in China, and Google doesn’t operate in the country. The only way to access these sites is by using a VPN. So, if you hate internet censorship, definitely do not move to China.
3. Too Many Low Paying Jobs – Almost all the big corporations from Western countries such as the United States, Canada and West Europe get their products manufactured in China for very cheap labor so they can sell high back home. The average annual salary is $11,000 per year.
4. Too Many People – China is the most populous country in the world, with a population of over 1.4 billion people. That is a staggering amount of people for any one country. There are so many people that the government has imposed how many kids couples can have.
5. Language Barrier – Mandarin is one of the most difficult languages to learn and if you plan on living in China for a long time, you must learn the language and it will take you at least a year to fully learn it.
6. Too Much Control By The Government – China is one of the most controlled states in the world. The central government has influence in almost every affair. They know almost everything and almost nothing happens without government approval.
7. Coffee is a Luxury Item – If you are from North America and love your coffee, then be prepared to spend money on Coffee in China because Coffee is expensive in China.
8. Racism to Minorities – People of color and other minorities have a difficult time integrating into Chinese society due to discrimination and racism. Racism is not all the time, and everywhere but it is there. If you are a person of color, you will experience racism at some point during your stay in China.
9. Conflicts With Neighboring Countries – China always wants to impose its dominance on neighbouring countries and the region, so there are always disputes with countries such as Taiwan, The Philippines, and others.
10. The World Is Not Happy With China – The world blames China for the COVID-19 virus, so a lot of people are not happy with China. This is not really a reason not to move to China, but it is something to consider.
Mexico is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and for this reason, the country is one of the most visited countries on Earth. Ancient ruins and buildings, beaches, nature and so much more… Mexico has it all. Also, despite its many problems, Mexico is an economic powerhouse with a GDP of over 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars. But… if you are looking for reasons not to move to Mexico, then you have come to the right place.
1. Lack of Jobs – Despite having a GDP of just over 1.2 trillion dollars (the second largest in Latin America after Brazil), there is a huge demand for jobs in the country, especially good-paying jobs. Even low paying jobs are difficult to find. As a result, a lot of people make the journey up north to the United States in search of better opportunities. There are lots of very low paying jobs. The average income in Mexico is around $9000 per year. However, a very large number of people in Mexico earn as little as $50 US per week.
2. Very High Level of Corruption – Mexico is one of the most corrupt countries in the Americas. There is corruption at every level of government/municipality and this costs people’s jobs and lives.
3. High Crime – Thanks to the many Cartels in Mexico, the country has a high crime rate, especially in the cities of Tijuana and Juárez.
4. Human Rights Abuses – This includes things such as torture, police repression, executions, rape, murder and domestic violence and more.
5. Air pollution – This is mostly limited to Mexico City, the largest city in North America but it is something to consider if you do decide to move to Mexico’s capital city. It is estimated that almost 1000 people die because of the air pollution in the city. Over 30,000 hospitalizations annually.
6. Natural Disasters – Mexico doesn’t get a lot of natural disasters but it gets a fair number of Earthquakes and Hurricanes/tropical storms.
7. Language Barrier – You must learn Spanish if you want to learn Mexico, so if you don’t want to be bothered with a new language, then do not move to Mexico.
8. Different Culture – Another reason you may not want to move to Mexico is the culture. Unless you are open-minded to travelling and trying new things, then Mexico is not for you. It is more suitable for those who are into Latin culture.
9. Too Many People – Mexico is the 10th most populous nation in the world with a population of over 128 million people. Why can this work against you? Refer to reason number 1. A lack of jobs and a very large population are not a good combination.
10. Overwhelmingly Catholic – This is not really a reason not to move to Mexico (in our opinion) but it is definitely something to consider if you are of a different faith such as Islam, Buddhism, and others. Over 80% of the population is Catholic.
No one in their right mind can dispute that the United States is the greatest country on Earth (for full disclosure, I am not an American). It is the richest and most powerful country in the world and one of the greatest countries in history, so when the United States speaks, every country listens. But it is not all sunshine and rainbows in the US, and in this article, you will discover why it is not for everyone. Maybe you should think twice before moving here.
The United States is very big and diverse but the following below covers almost every state/region.
1. The country is very divided politically – the US is dominated by 2 main political parties; the Democratic Party (the left) and the Republican Party (the right). Its as if these two political parties are 2 different countries. They have very different ideologies and ways of doing things. Almost everything is divided between the right and the left. These two parties are the main reason why the country is so divided.
2. The cost of living is high – the United States is not as expensive as Canada, but the cost of living is high compared to most countries around the world. If you are visiting the United States from abroad, know that you are going to spend quite a bit of money. A family of 4 needs to be earning at least $4000 a month to live comfortably and a single person needs to earn at least $2500. People earning below these numbers can make it work, but it won’t be easy.
3. People work too much – a lot of people in the US work 2 or even 3 jobs just to meet their monthly basic needs. 60 – 80 hours a week is the norm for a large number of people. This goes hand in hand with the high costs of living.
3. Way too many firearms – American civilians own over 395 million firearms. That is more firearms than the entire population of the United States. Every single day, at least 1 person is killed due to gun violence. The fear of getting shot in the United States is very real.
4. No universal free health care – Health-related costs in the US are the source of many bankruptcies and financial ruin. The cost of health care. The average cost of a simple hospital visit in the USA could cost you over $10,000.
5. The cost for post-secondary education is expensive – Student debt is out of control in this country with over 1.5 TRILLION dollars of student debt. Education in the US has become a business for many schools and is very expensive.
6. Systemic Racism – The United States is full of opportunities for everyone to go far in life but it has been well documented and proven that people of color/natives have to work two times more than their white counterparts.
7. A lot of rules and “red tape” – you can’t just do whatever you want, even if you own the property. In most cases, someone has to “approve” or give permission to do something or get something. The United States is organized but there too many rules in our humble opinions.
8. The Food – always watch what you eat. This is the case anywhere, but it is the case especially in the United States. Too many fast-food restaurants and genetically modified foods (GMO), causing lots of people to be obese and have a lot of health problems. A lot of processed stuff, GMO and a lack of fresh food, organic food. Sometimes you don’t even know what you are eating. This is not to say that there is no fresh food in the U.S. but most of the food is unhealthy.
9. Too Many Enemies – as mighty and powerful as the United States is, it has many enemies. Enemies that want to harm both the country and its citizens. It is great to be a US Citizen, but in certain parts of the world, you will get killed or tortured simply for being an American.
10. Too Big – the United States of America is the third-largest country in the world, so it is very big. This is not really a reason not to move there but it is definitely something to consider. Too big means that transportation takes longer and is more expensive. You need at least 5 hours to get to Los Angeles from New York City.
Canada is one of the greatest countries in the world. It is a rich and developed country, very safe, and respected all over the world. Canada affords you a lot of opportunities to succeed in life. But Canada is definitely not a paradise and life is not easy.
Canada is a very big and diverse country but the reasons given below cover most of the country.
1. The cost of living in Canada is high – Canada is a developed country and one of the richest countries in the world, so the standard of living in Canada is high relative to most countries. The cost of basic goods, food, phone and internet service, housing, etc costs more in Canada. In order to live comfortably in Canada, it is recommended that you earn at least $40,000 a year. Most people who earn under $40,000 a year struggle and have hard time saving money. A lot of people rely on credit, like in the United States.
2. Finding a good-paying job takes time – Unless you are well connected, finding a good-paying job in Canada takes time (if you find it). By “a good-paying job”, we mean the job has to pay at least $40,000 a year. So, if you are new to Canada, chances are you will struggle unless your housing is subsidized by the city or the provincial government. A large number of people in Canada live in subsidized housing or receive some form of additional financial assistance from social programs in addition to their salary.
3. Taxes, taxes, and more tax – Canadians are some of most taxed citizens in the world. There is even something called a “Carbon tax”, a tax to limit pollution.
4. Canada is very cold in the winter – Canadian winters are among the coldest in the world. Canada has all 4 seasons; summer, spring, fall, and winter but winter is the longest season (4 – 6 months). Winters come with a lot of snowstorms, and bone-chilling wind chills. Depending on where you are in Canada, it can get as low as 40 degrees below 0. If you live in a house, be prepared to shovel snow or pay someone else to do it for you. Snow is beautiful but Canada gets too much snow. We must mention that the province of British Columbia has mild winters, so their winters are much nicer than the rest of Canada and it is not as cold.
5. Domestic travel is expensive – Canada is the second-largest country in the world… it is absolutely massive. That means flying across Canada is more expensive or costs the same as flying from Canada to the Caribbean or South America. Also, travelling across Europe is cheaper than travelling across Canada.
6. Canadians are very private – Canadians are very private. For example the subject of money; unless you are a close personal friend or family member, never ask people here how much they make… people don’t like that and view it as a very private matter, it is the same as asking to see their health/medical records.
7. Too many rules and regulations – Canada is a very organized country, but there are many rules here. You need approval for this and that by the city, province or the federal government, you need a license for x,y,z and so forth.
8. Systemic Racism – This form racism is not in the open or visible but exists under the surface and mostly applies to the minority, meaning: your skin colour or appearance, your name, religion (if it is known), or where you come from can all work against you in regards to high job opportunities, bank loans, and other things.
9. Canadians are not direct with you – Obviously, not everyone but most people do not like confrontation, so they will either avoid you or not tell you what they really think. This is not a reason not to move to Canada, but it is certainly something to keep in mind. This happens a lot, even at job interviews. People are nice and kind, but they are not direct.
10. Canada is boring – Outside of the largest cities in Canada; Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary… the rest of Canada is pretty boring, even it’s capital city of almost 1 million people (Ottawa). There are many things to do and see, but is not a fun country relative to other countries. Most people are not social, most people have a simple routine; eat, work and sleep. People are mostly worried about their responsibilities in Canada. We believe this is due to culture and Canada’s location on the world map as a cold country.