Should You Move To Another Country To Escape The Collapse Of America? 10 Questions To Ask Yourself First

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By Michael
Should You Move To Another Country To Escape The Collapse Of America?
Why are so many people leaving the United States right now?  Over the past couple of years, an increasing number of Americans have decided that moving to another country is the best way to prepare for the collapse of America.  According to the U.S. State Department, an all-time record of more than 6 million Americans are now working or studying overseas.  Of course many of those that have left the country do not believe that the U.S. economy is going to collapse, but without a doubt there are an increasing number of preppers that believe that now is the time to “escape from America” while they still can.  And certainly there are a lot of reasons why the U.S. is becoming less appealing with each passing day.  In addition to our economic problems, crime is on the rise in our cities, our liberties and freedoms are being eroded at a frightening pace, political correctness is wildly out of control, and our corrupt politicians continue to make things even worse.  But is life really that much better in the rest of the world?  The sad truth is that life in most other nations is more difficult than it is in the United States.  Yes, there are some nations that are relatively stable and that look promising at first glance, but the truth is that moving to another country is never easy.  If you plan to do it, there are some hard questions that you need to ask yourself first.
If you plan to move permanently to another nation, it would be wise to visit first.  The way that things work in a foreign country is often very, very different from how things work in the United States.  If you are not accustomed to being in a foreign culture, it can feel like your whole world is being turned upside down.
But of course it is definitely possible to make a successful transition to another culture.  Millions of Americans have done it.  The following is from a recent RT article

Ever dream of leaving it all behind and heading out of America? You’re not the only one. A new study shows that more US citizens than ever before are living outside of the country.
According to statistics from the US State Department, around 6.4 million Americans are either working or studying overseas, which Gallup says is the largest number ever for such statistic.
The polling organization came across the number after conducting surveys in 135 outside nations and the information behind the numbers reveal that this isn’t exactly a longtime coming either — numbers have skyrocketed only in recent years. In the 24 months before polling began, the number of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 living abroad managed to surge from barely 1 percent to over 5.1 percent. For those under the age span wishing to move overseas, the percentage has jumped in the same amount of time from 15 percent to 40.

But picking up and moving to a foreign nation is not something to be done lightly.
The following are 10 questions to ask yourself before you decide to move to another country…
Do You Speak The Language?  If Not, How Will You Function?
If you do not speak the language of the country that you are moving to, that can create a huge problem.  Just going to the store and buying some food will become a challenge.  Every interaction that you have with anyone in that society will be strained, and your ability to integrate into the culture around you will be greatly limited.
How Will You Make A Living?
Unless you are independently wealthy, you will need to make money.  In a foreign nation, it may be very difficult for you to find a job – especially one that pays as much as you are accustomed to making in the United States.
Will You Be Okay Without Your Family And Friends?
Being thousands of miles away from all of your family and friends can be extremely difficult.  Will you be okay without them?  And it can be difficult to survive in a foreign culture without any kind of a support system.  Sometimes the people that most successfully move out of the country are those that do it as part of a larger group.
Have You Factored In Weather Patterns And Geological Instability?
As the globe becomes increasingly unstable, weather patterns and natural disasters are going to become a bigger factor in deciding where to live.  For example, right now India is suffering through the worst drought that it has experienced in nearly 50 years.  It would be very difficult to thrive in the middle of such an environment.
Many of those that are encouraging people to “escape from America” are pointing to Chile as an ideal place to relocate to.  But there are thousands of significant earthquakes in Chile each year, and the entire nation lies directly along the “Ring of Fire” which is becoming increasingly unstable.  That is something to keep in mind.
What Will You Do For Medical Care?
If you or someone in your family had a serious medical problem in the United States, you would know what to do.  Yes, our health care system is incredibly messed up, but at least you would know that you could get the care that you needed if an emergency arose.  Would the same be true in a foreign nation?
Are You Moving Into A High Crime Area?
Yes, crime is definitely on the rise in the United States.  But in other areas where many preppers are moving to, crime is even worse.  Mexico and certain areas of Central America are two examples of this.  And in many foreign nations, the police are far more corrupt than they generally are in the United States.
In addition, many other nations have far stricter gun laws than the United States does, so your ability to defend your family may be greatly restricted.
So will your family truly be safe in the nation that you plan to take them to?
Are You Prepared For “Culture Shock”?
Moving to another country can be like moving to a different planet.  After all, they don’t call it “culture shock” for nothing.
If you do move to another country, you may quickly find that thousands of little things that you once took for granted in the U.S. are now very different.
And there is a very good chance that many of the “amenities” that you are accustomed to in the U.S. will not be available in a foreign nation and that your standard of living will go down.
So if you are thinking of moving somewhere else, you may want to visit first just to get an idea of what life would be like if you made the move.
What Freedoms and Liberties Will You Lose By Moving?
Yes, our liberties and our freedoms are being rapidly eroded in the United States.  But in many other nations around the world things are much worse.  You may find that there is no such thing as “freedom of speech” or “freedom of religion” in the country that you have decided to move to.
Is There A Possibility That The Country You Plan To Escape To Could Be Involved In A War At Some Point?
We are moving into a time of great geopolitical instability.  If you move right into the middle of a future war zone, you might really regret it.  If you do plan to move, try to find a country that is likely to avoid war for the foreseeable future.
When The Global Economy Collapses, Will You And Your Family Be Okay For Food?
What good will it be to leave the United States if you and your family run out of food?
Today, we are on the verge of a major global food crisis.  Global food reserves are at their lowest level in nearly 40 years, and shifting global weather patterns are certainly not helping things.
And the global elite are rapidly getting more control over the global food supply.  Today, between 75 and 90 percent of all international trade in grain is controlled by just four gigantic multinational food corporations.
But grain is not the only thing that the food giants control.  Just check out the following statistics from a recent Natural News article

The paper said three mega-multinationals now control better than 40 percent of global coffee sales, for example. Eight companies control the supply of cocoa and chocolate. Seven control the lion’s share – 85 percent – of tea production. Five multinationals control three-quarters of the world banana trade. And the largest half-dozen sugar traders account for about 66 percent of world trade, the new report by theFairtrade Foundation said.

The elite are also buying up food producing real estate all over the globe.  That is why farmland prices in the United States have been absolutely skyrocketing lately.
The people that run the world are rapidly getting a stranglehold over the global food supply.
So wherever you end up – whether it is in the United States or in another country – you will need to make sure that you can provide enough food for you and your family to live on independently of the system.
These are all things to think about when considering whether or not to move out of the United States.
But there are many, including some of those that regularly read my website, that have made the transition successfully.
If you have some advice that you would like to share with those that are considering moving away from America, please feel free to share it below…
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39 thoughts on “Should You Move To Another Country To Escape The Collapse Of America? 10 Questions To Ask Yourself First

  1. My advice is to become very familiar with the 72,000 pages of US tax code because you will be taxed by the USA for the rest of your life abroad UNLESS you renounce your US citizenship. If you do renounce be sure to perform the exit process perfectly because therein lies another IRS trap. US taxes are a whole lot more complex when you live overseas and the penalties for omitting an “information form” or making innocent errors can bankrupt you. Be sure you are well acquainted with FBARs and 8938s and that you understand the implications of the 544 pages of FATCA regulations. FATCA is US legislation designed to extract detailed financial information from ALL foreign financial institutions ALL over the world for All US citizens who have overseas accounts, whether or not they live overseas or in the USA. If you cannot master all of this, you will find yourself paying exorbitant fees to tax lawyers and preparers, provided you are lucky enough to find someone who is competent enough to do things correctly for you. The USA is the ONLY country in the world except for Eritrea which practices citizenship-based taxation. All other countries use residency-based taxation and do not hound their expats with tax filing. Bon voyage but be forewarned! This blog should have had this information at the top of the list.

    • I thought that Japan was the only other country that practiced “own your ass where ever you live” taxation.

      • Actually, US and Eritrea are the only countries that practice citizen-ship based taxation. All other countries practice residence-based taxation.
        In fact, recently, the USA was all up in arms because Eritrea wanted to apply a 2% tax to all its diaspora. I guess its OK for the US to hound its expats wherever they go in the world, but not for any other country. By the way its not just expats the US is after – all it takes is a US birthplace even if you left as a child and never went to school or worked there.

    • US have signed treaties with great number of foreign
      countries regarding dual taxation.
      Meaning you pay tax only in one country (the one you live in).
      Depending how much money you are planning to make; if you
      spend more than 330 days per year abroad, than you don’t have to pay tax for
      the first $92.5K. If you are planning to make more than this aboard than you
      could possibly afford a good tax person?
      SO IT IS NOT THAT BAD AFTER ALL….

      • The FEIE ($92.5K) only applies to earned income, not social security, unemployment benefits, rental income, etc. So, if you are a beggar living abroad, Uncle Sam will double-tax the coins people donated to you. Thus, US double-tax treaties are hogwash designed to fool people like you.
        While $92.5K may sound like a lot of money in the US, it does not take foreign taxes, pension savings, currency conversions and costs of living into consideration, meaning that $92.5K may have far less value abroad than in the US. For example, a family of 5 in Switzerland maybe struggling to pay the bills with an income of $92.5K, and could thus be unable to pay the $2000+ fee required for US tax processing to have no US taxes due.

      • The tax treaties are limited in their effect on reducing double taxation. Only EARNED income can be offset by the FEIE (foreign earned income exclusion). For example, if you are a pensioner, or unemployed collecting employment benefits, you will be double taxed on those monies at a time when you can least afford to be.
        Also, filing tax returns and FBARs is much more complicated and expensive for US citizens abroad than it is for homelanders, even for those with the most simple of lives. For example, homelanders do not have to fill out FBARS for their basic savings and chequing accounts, but these accounts are considered ‘foreign’ for the US citizen who lives abroad. In addition, any inadvertant mistake or ommission on FBARS, leaves one open to draconian penalties.
        If you take advantage of a registered savings plan in your adopted country, for example a registered education savings plan for your child. watch out – US considers this a foreign trust and requires special forms to be filled out to report on this. If you invest in any non-US mutual funds, US considers these to be PFICs (passive foreign investment corporations) which have very negative tax implications.
        I could go on….

  2. We have lost almost the near last of our wealth we worked to attain all our lives, we have no medical care at all and prospect of ever getting any and the majority of medical care processes are fraudulent and incompetent, we have lost any protections once had from police and courts and even the right to defend ourselves is gone and elections are rigged even, and there is not even semblance of freedom of speech to even hopelessly complain about anything and English is not required language skills in many areas but instead Spanish is to even buy poisoned food now and it seems like everyone of you that talks the talk is out to knock us off just because we got old. So tell me again what we going to loose out on leaving the USA?

    • Texas is a good place to live. It’s sort of a foreign country. We have guns, speak two languages (either one will do), have jobs, and it’s cheap to live in many parts. Y’all come.

  3. Once there is no people to buy anything from this corporations they will go to hell with the rest of humanity, you can control anything you want but your time will came anyway!

  4. Qnother comment… a lot of people leave their countries to move to the US, what is the problem about moving out?

  5. I probably wouldn’t leave this country for economic reasons, but I would certainly leave it for personal safety. I say this because one of these days, the “worm will turn” and the shoe is going to be on the other foot. And once that happens you had better be living somewhere else because after what Americans have, through greed, done to innocent people throughout the rest of the world no mercy will be shown those they have misused and abused.

  6. I immigrated to Canada 20 years ago. Smartest thing I ever did. No regrets.
    The emerging Police State – the whole trend of eroding freedoms – was already in motion and clearly visible back then. My family is very self sufficient and ready for WW3 in a very remote part of NW B.C.
    Yes , I said WW3. That trend is also crystal clear. NATO/USA’s agression has pushed China and Russia into a corner. They have no choice but to start pushing back in the very near future. You will see.
    If you live in a port city, near a military base, or any other obvious nuclear target, start packing. WW3 will go all out nuclear within the first few days.
    God bless you all.

    • I have been living abroad for the last three and a half years now, And I also feel as you do,America is going to get hit and hit hard and I take no joy in saying that as many I love will be right in the middle of it. I believe many Americans live in a dream state,like the calendar still says 1950 and John Wayne is still winning every battle and America is the only kid on the block with a big nuclear stick. The situation that’s coming isn’t pretty,not pretty at all. God help my country and countrymen.

      • Yep – I really feel sorry for my American friends and relatives as
        well. They all are surprised when I tell them there are no hospital
        bills or doctor bills in Canada. Everybody can see any doctor, any
        hospital, any time, and leave your checkbook at home. We also have
        dirt-cheap auto insurance through ICBC. People change their opinion
        about “socialized” health care when they see it in action. Americans
        have been conditioned to believe that social safety-net programs, that
        help people and save people a lot of money, are “socialism” which is
        something that is really-really bad.
        The truth is that Canada
        has a huge number of entrepreneurs, and a great economy. Many Americans
        would like to start a business and be financially independent, but they
        have to keep jobs they hate so they can have a half-assed health
        benefits plan through their employer.
        May God give us all peace and well-being.

        • Yeah it’s the same way where I am, I just had dental work done about a week ago back in the states it would have cost me about six hundred dollars,where i am it didn’t cost me a dime and they did a great job as well. It is rather amusing in an ironic sort of way,that our countrymen think looking out for each other is communism or socialism,yet have no problem giving billions of their dollars to foreign countries all over the world, and support military bases all over the world while they go without. I don’t understand it at all. It’s like the parallel universe where right is wrong and wrong is right,up is down and left is right. God help them,..please!

          • 67 years since WW II ended do you suppose in your drug addled mind that has anything at all to do with supporting the military and bases all over the world??? Please do yourself a favor and look up the term “useful idiot”.

        • You are correct that Canada has “free” health care but somehow you fail to connect your very high taxes with this “free” health care. My wife’s grandfather was a proud Canadian, he died 5 years ago from heart failure, a treatable condition that Canada’s free health care refused to pay for because of his age. He could have driven across the border and gotten a bypass operation within a week from the rotten U.S. health care system but, did I say he was a proud Canadian??? He choose not to and instead gave his money to his children as a gift before he passed away. You may not know that thousands and even tens of thousands of Canadians go to the U.S. every year for life saving operations that the “free” Canadian health care system won’t authorize. You may also be aware that when a province or a hospital within a province runs out of their budgetd money that they close down and accept nothing but emergency patients. Such is the cost of “free” health care that in every country that goes to socialized medicine there must be a death panel to keep costs down.
          Good luck!

          • I don’t know whether to laugh at this hilarious misinformation or not. Canada does not have “death panels” at all. Stats say 97 percent of Canadians are happy with their health care and if you want to talk about death panels I believe that award would have to go to private insurance companies making life and death decisions every day in every way. And btw, a recent article I read said that more Americans come north for health care than the other way around. You have been duped! I am an American who has lived in Canada for 30 plus years.

    • Love Canada, have lots of relatives there and visit every year. If WW III starts and nukes are used you can kiss your ass goodbye as well.
      As for your incredible claim that NATO has pushed China or Russia I can only assume you not only live in a different country but a different planet as well.

      • You live in a dream world. Clinton reassured Russia that there would be no expansion of NATO and every President since has moved it further East.
        The Missile bases in Poland are a classic example and only last year Barry the Kenyan spoke of a swing to the Pacific, who can forget the idiot McCain’s cry that we are “All Georgian’s now” and the neocon whack-jobs drive to have Georgia join NATO .
        12 March 1999
        Czech Republic
        Fourth
        Hungary
        Poland
        29 March 2004
        Bulgaria
        Fifth
        Estonia
        Latvia
        Lithuania
        Romania
        Slovakia
        Slovenia
        1 April 2009
        Albania
        Sixth
        Croatia
        Or, in other words, go fuck yourself.

        • Somehow I doubt Clinton ever said that. You should be aware that NATO is not the U.S. but a largewr group of countries who are signatories of a treaty. But what bothers me more is your dislike of these countries you listed. You really don’t think they have a right to set their own destiny? I welcome the Eastern European countries to the free world.

    • Canada Prepares For Martial Law, Economic Collapse:
      RCMP Armored Trucks – More Proof Of The Militarization Of The ‘North American
      Union’?
      CANADA
      You have got to check out this video below from our brothers in the ‘Great
      White North’ of the ‘war’ vehicles recently purchased by the Royal Canadian
      Mounted Police. This video will take you up close and personal as the creators
      of the video, the Canadian Awareness Network, gain access to check out these
      vehicles for a first hand inspection.
      This clearly shows that America is not the only North American country being
      heavily ‘militarized’. Is this more proof of the coming North American Union?
      What will the govt in Canada be using these vehicles for, hostage situations as
      the govt states or economic collapse and martial law? After watching the video,
      please let me know what you think. “If people don’t see the walls being built
      around them, I’d say they’re quite naive.”

      • Thanks Brian,
        I never heard of the Canadian Awareness Network but it looks like an awesome site – right up my alley.
        Sadly our current “leader” has a love-affair with Israel, NATO warmongers, 0and the psychotic 1% at the Bilderberg group. Harper won’t last. He somehow got a “majority government” with only 38% of the vote. I’m still scratching my head on that one. The voters will put a boot up his ass in the next election.

  7. I fought for this Republic once (1968-69) I will NOT be chased out now ! Keep in mind, there are 30 Million angry Veterans in this Country!

    • I served in the US military, but moving out of the US was the smartest thing that I ever did for many reasons including political, life style, social, economic, health, etc. Of course, not all Americans can live abroad and for some it is best not to, but it works for others and is better than being angry.

    • “I fought for this Republic once (1968-69)”
      You are delusional. The LBJ war crime had nothing to do with “the Republic”
      Grow up.

  8. It seems to me the objective should be to become location independent; to develop skills that can be employed from anywhere and establish a network and liquid assets in 3-4 locations in different countries/locations. One should move between selected sites regularly and travel light – not accumulate “stuff”. Obtaining a second passport should be a priority. It should not be necessary to formally renounce citizenship unless a crisis forces it but rather the goal is to live as freely and independently as possible.
    Consider for example – say locations in US, Ireland, Australia, and Chile. An Irish passport would give access to the whole EU. For employment – say IT consulting, nursing, or a trade that is widely needed.

  9. You forgot one important consideration… does the country you want to move to allow civilians to own firearms?

    • Since I renounced US citizenship to have a local checking account where I live, I’m barred from purchasing firearms in the US. I could purchase weapons in Switzerland though, if I wanted to, and probably even more than what is allowed in the US. Never had the need for such though.

      • I know that the Swiss require that military personnel (which is every single able bodied citizen at some point in their life) train with their assault rifle, keep it at home and when they leave military service, they keep their personal firearms and store them in their homes… including their fully automatic assault rifles. I do not know about local laws regarding civilians purchasing and owning firearms but I suspect it is allowed.
        I was speaking more about the south American third world countries typically cited as places to go. Most of these countries do not allow civilian ownership of any firearms yet the armed gangs and drug lord armies carry them with impunity.

    • Let me clarify something. I think if you run from your country when it needs you most, you are a coward and do not deserve the freedom so many Americans have died for before you.
      If it means taking up arms to fight, that is the responsibility of any real American. If you don’t have the guts or will to do that, good riddance.

  10. Wait a minute. You’re concerned about the weather and culture shock? No, the single biggest threat to the livelihood and well being of U.S. citizens who move abroad is the U.S. federal government.
    They’ve created a Berlin wall of legislation to discourage emigration from the U.S. by making life more complicated, expensive and sometimes impossible for individuals abroad.
    Think it’s complicated to remain tax compliant in the U.S.? Have fun abroad where you have to deal with taxes where you live (which is fair), but also to the U.S. (because you’re U.S. government property, don’t you know?) and in a manner that is far, far more burdensome and complicated than it is for homelanders.
    So my advice is to factor in the extra stress, time, and compliance cost to figure this all out as well. Even if you don’t owe any taxes to the U.S., you will still have to deal with these factors.
    And if your dream is to be a micro entrepreneur abroad and start a little self-owned business, you’re pretty much screwed. The extra burden of time, money and resources to attempt to remain compliant with the U.S. will put you at an enormous disadvantage to those with whom you’re competing that who only have to remain compliant with the one country in which you’re both doing business. So, that dream of starting a beach side bar, becoming an independent real estate agent abroad, or anything else…have fun with that. It’s doable, but the experience will forever change your perspective on the U.S government, their relationship with their citizens treating them as owned serfs who are never to be free even if they leave.
    “Welcome to freedom. Now you can never leave or we’ll follow you wherever you go.”

  11. Look it up: FATCA. The USA has assigned every bank in the World to search for the assets of the US persons who have left the country (or who have lived outside of USA their entire lives). If you move abroad, you will be reported to the USA IRS. The penalties for having lived outside of USA will bankrupt them. Forget about leaving, stay inside the USA and go down along with it.

  12. Most Americans who move abroad don’t do so to “escape” and most are not wealthy by any means and that is a fact. However, the U.S. IS like the Hotel California. You can check out but, you can never leave. And whatever you do after you move be sure and tell your foreign spouse the they can be subjected to U.S. tax laws as can your foreign children just by “virtue” of having an American in the family. That’s right the U.S. can fine and tax those who are not even American and who have never lived or worked in the U.S. if for example an American wife has her name on a joint checking account with a foreign spouse or child. Lots to learn before you decide to “leave” the U.S.

  13. Typical corporatist neo con crap.
    This made me laugh
    “Is There A Possibility That The Country You Plan To Escape To Could Be Involved In A War At Some Point?”
    this in escaping from the biggest war monger on the planet.

  14. Moving to Israel is great. Americans die for Israel, give Israel their best weapons including nuclear, pay for killing Palestinians and building free homes on free Palestinian land. Best of all there is no extradition treaty with the US

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