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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.
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.