I just returned from a trip through some Eastern European countries and will probably write a few posts about it. Part of my motivation to travel to Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic was to get a first-hand impression on how well those countries compare to the declining West.
The bigger context is that, particularly among the young and highly qualified, interest in looking greener pastures is growing. For instance, Germany has been suffering from a brain drain for quite a while. The USA, Switzerland, Austria, or Scandinavian countries are popular options. However, there are other options. I would say that all Western countries suffer from similar problems, some more than others. In the end, it boils down to the fact that you can’t have both open borders and a welfare state. In addition, we also have spineless (moronic?) leaders.
Do you share this view? (If not, then we could certainly have a discussion about it.) If so, I would be very interested to hear from you if you have either managed to get out of the West or are in the process of emigrating. Note that I’m talking about legal immigration, with a realistic path ahead, not guys doing visa runs, illegal immigration, internships abroad, short-term expat stays, or ESL teaching gigs.
Please let me know why you left, which countries you considered, why you chose the particular country you emigrated to, and how long the entire process took. Right now I’m primarily interested in hearing from a few more people, as leaving the West behind is an issue I have been looking into myself.
Feel free to comment below or send me an email: aaron.sleazy (at) gmail.com.