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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.