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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.
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.